Another County Just Banned New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Another County Just Banned New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

On Monday, a six-month moratorium on the construction or expansion of fossil fuel facilities passed in King County, Washington, the county that includes Seattle, joining a number of other localities in the Northwest who have passed similar legislation. Councilmember [Dave] Upthegrove introduced the ordinance, which declares a state of emergency. It also requires the county to survey the impacts of existing facilities, and examine the current regulations on those facilities to eventually suggest changes to those regulations.

At Monday’s hearing, environmental and climate justice leaders testified in support of the measure. Many specifically noted the way that fossil fuel facilities disproportionately impact people of color and poor people.

via The Real News Another County Just Banned New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure