Why Are Fossil Fuel Pipelines Bad for Our Climate and Communities?

Updated: 5 days ago

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More than 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines crisscross the United States, traversing plains, desert, forests, and mountains. They run through lakes, rivers, aquifers, and waterways, endangering the ecosystems and communities in their paths and fueling the climate crisis.


In the physical world, however, these pipelines traverse millions of acres of plains, desert, forests, and mountains.


UNSAFE PIPELINES In 2019, there were 316 reported incidents of fatality, explosion or significant oil spill — almost one for every day of the year, according to the Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration.


Pipelines run through lakes, rivers, aquifers, and waterways, endangering the ecosystems and communities in their paths and fueling the climate crisis.

Earthjustice has spent decades challenging pipelines as a legal partner for communities whose right to clean air, safe drinking water, and unspoiled lands are being denied by the harmful excesses of the fossil fuel industry — and together, we are growing stronger.


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