Responsible Gas Production

Environmental stewardship is one of NW Natural's core values. We care about the environmental footprint of our product, and we know our customers do too. This section provides an overview of issues related to natural gas development and how producers are addressing them.


What is Fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses water, sand and small amounts of chemical additives to free up oil and natural gas from dense rock formations.

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Water use in shale gas production: how much is used and what is the potential for contamination?

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Like any industrial activity, gas drilling and associated processes can affect air quality. However, industry innovations are helping to lower emissions.

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Land and Wildlife

Natural gas drilling takes place near urban communities and in wide open rural lands. Here are some ways the gas industry is working to reduce its impact on land and ecosystems.

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Gas exploration brings jobs and new revenue into communities. But good planning is needed to reduce local disruption.

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Benefits of Domestic Gas

New supplies - developed soundly - reduce energy costs and lower emissions.

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