Climate and Health Risks of Liquefied Natural Gas

Dec 09, 2019 | Michelle Shapiro

The years between 2005-2018 witnessed a dramatic rise in “natural” gas (methane) production in the United States, driven by the use of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, an extraction process that injects highly pressurized water and chemicals underground to fracture rock formations.

Once fracked, the gas is typically transported and distributed domestically through a vast network of pipelines. However, when the gas is intended for export to another continent, pipelines are not an option. Instead, the gas is liquified and transported in special cryogenic tankers for overseas delivery. Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is methane that is filtered (or “purified” to use the industry term) and supercooled to -260° F, turning it from gas to liquid. Liquefaction reduces the gas’s volume by 600 times, making it easier to store and transport in large quantities.

A new white paper from Physicians for Social Responsibility examines LNG’s implications for our environment, health and climate. Read more.


636530147572900000

About Michelle Shapiro

Michelle Shapiro was formerly a communication specialist for the Environmental Health & Disability team at NACCHO.

More posts by Michelle Shapiro

Related Posts

  • Food Safety & Inspection

Special Processes at Retail Courses in 2023

A virtual, five-day course exploring the specific types of food processing in...

Dec 05, 2022 | Anu Varma

Special Processes at Retail Courses in 2023

Logo green
  • Food Safety & Inspection

Register for the 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education...

Registration for the 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference is now...

Dec 05, 2022 | Guest Author

Register for the 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education...

Heat
  • Climate Change
  • Opportunity

Now Open: 2023 Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign...

Applications due December 16.

Nov 17, 2022 | Beth Hess

Now Open: 2023 Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaign...

Webinar
  • Webinar

Food Safety Sharing Session Recap: Microenterprise Home...

Recap of the November 4, 2022, sharing session

Nov 14, 2022 | Anu Varma

Food Safety Sharing Session Recap: Microenterprise Home...

  • Food Safety & Inspection
  • Opportunity

Response Requested: FDA Survey Seeks to Gather...

NACCHO requests local health staff feedback to inform the development of the...

Oct 27, 2022 | Anu Varma

Response Requested: FDA Survey Seeks to Gather...

  • Webinar

MAHC Network Webinar: Interim Guidance for Safe...

Learn more about artificial swimming lagoons, and how they can be operated to...

Oct 21, 2022 | Anu Varma

MAHC Network Webinar: Interim Guidance for Safe...

I Stock 1221860749
  • Funding Opportunity
  • Climate Change

Request for Applications: Climate and Health...

NACCHO, with support from the Climate and Health Program at the CDC, intends to...

Oct 20, 2022 | Angana Roy

Request for Applications: Climate and Health...

CEH Day logo No Date
  • Climate Change
  • Hazards & Health Effects
  • Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health

Celebrate Children’s Environmental Health Day (CEH Day)...

NACCHO is an official partner of CEH Day 2022 celebrations.

Oct 13, 2022 | Anu Varma

Celebrate Children’s Environmental Health Day (CEH Day)...

Nominations Open for the American Climate Leadership...

ecoAmerica is awarding a share of $175,000 for their American Climate...

Oct 11, 2022

Nominations Open for the American Climate Leadership...

Back to Top