The King County, WA council has imposed a six-month moratorium on fossil fuel infrastructure development in unincorporated parts of its jurisdiction, which includes the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area, to undertake a study on long-term implications. The ordinance prohibits new or expanded major fossil fuel infrastructure, including oil storage and natural gas pipelines, while a study assesses long-term regulatory actions. The measure targets infrastructure engaged in fossil fuel distribution, extraction, production and processing; terminals engaged in transporting fossil fuels, excluding rail yards and marine terminaling facilities; and more than 2 million gallons of bulk storage.
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