Last Week Tonight with John Oliver : Please Cover FERC on Your Show!
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We, the undersigned, strongly feel LWT should cover the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and how it consistently approves natural gas projects in the US despite how these projects affect people and the environment. To quote one of our supporters: "FERC is a joke, and it belongs on Comedy Central."
FERC's background includes eminent domain abuses, massive conflicts of interest with 3rd party contractors, faulty/incomplete review processes, horrific gas compressor/pipeline/storage siting, and millions of US residents with no legal way to fight for their property or health because FERC always has the last word... the last word influenced and funded by the very fossil fuel industries FERC is supposed to be regulating. FERC has rubberstamped fossil fuel projects relying on the outdated Federal Power Act of 1935 and the Natural Gas Act of 1938 for decades. FERC has never said “no”.
Among some of the most dangerous projects FERC thinks are A-OK: a gas compressors has been proposed for the most heavily populated and smallest area ever proposed in the US. From a potential explosion to daily operation that would release 61k TONS of pollution per year, the compressor poses untenable dangers from all angles.
FERC is the benevolent parent to fossil fuel companies, approving ever more dangerous projects. That’s FERC’d up. This issue has become even more important after Trump's election as his energy policies and appointees have enabled free reign for fossil fuel companies.
John Oliver and Last Week Tonight, please cover FERC. The show is uniquely suited to present this complicated issue. Lives are literally depending on it. Thank you!
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