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Fracked FAQ

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Here we provide the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about fracking, the relationship of SDG&E and Sempra, the dangers of methane leaks, and Sempra’s climate busting business plan.

Sempra Energy is the Natural Gas Holding Company that owns San Diego’s utility, SDG&E. Sempra also owns other subsidiaries including SoCalGas that was responsible for the largest leak of methane gas in US History (100,00 metric tons).

Sempra Energy is using our utility payments to build a fracked gas export empire. Their vision is to:

1) Significantly expand the extraction of fracked methane gas. They call it “natural gas” but 80% or more of this gas will be extracted via fracking.

2) Build infrastructure to sell this gas overseas from terminals in Texas and Mexico.

3) Establish a multiple-decade global dependence on fossil fuels.

And how are they funding the construction of this fracked gas Empire? Why from YOU of course! One third or more of Sempra’s profits come from SDG&E and they use this money to build the pipelines and terminals, and give huge payouts to their Executives and Shareholders.

It is not an exaggeration to say that their plan is the equivalent to setting off a climate bomb. Sempra estimates that the US Permian basin contains 2,400,000,000,000,000 (2.4 Quadrillion) cubic feet of frackable methane and they want to be a huge part of transporting, selling and burning this gas around the globe. This will accelerate global heating when we should be ending fossil fuel use and transitioning to renewables. From Sempra’s own presentation:

So-called “natural gas” is mainly produced from drilling or increasingly from hydraulic fracking. Natural gas is primarily (85%) composed of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, 20-80X more potent than CO2. While burning methane is cleaner than coal, methane leaks at every stage of the extraction, transport and shipping process and these leaks are 2.5x more common than reported. Over the short term (20 years) fracked gas extraction is worse than coal for the climate. This is why we say “Sempra Fracks Our Future“.

In addition to burning fracked gas, which releases CO2 into the atmosphere, the fracking process itself causes significant pollution and hazards. Many materials that come up from from fracking wells are contaminants, including sulfur, mercury and even radioactivity. Here are a list of hazards at each stage:

Sempra told us! Here is a link to the

Sempra Investor Day 2020

slideshow describing the company business plan and the Climate Bomb they plan to set off using ratepayer overcharges.

No. Sempra Energy’s SoCalGas is suing California for not promoting Natural Gas!

In 2019, Sempra sold the last of its renewable energy projects. In other words, they went all in on fracked gas. Sempra increased their holdings in this dangerous fossil fuel and focused on selling it abroad.

Sempra shareholders also voted down issuing a report on how “Sempra’s assets and lobbying activities align with the international Paris treaty on climate change.”

All In

In 2019, Sempra sold the last of its renewable energy projects. In other words, they went all in on fracked gas. Sempra increased their holdings in this dangerous fossil fuel and focused on selling it abroad.