In 2019, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle’s gas supplier, engaged a lobbying firm with the intention of stalling draft legislation which sought to restrict gas hook-ups in new buildings in the region in an effort to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

The Guardian has cited documents which confirm lobbying efforts by Puget Sound Energy to avoid future gas regulation. According to the article: “The documents show the multibillion-dollar gas industry has built crucial local coalitions and hired high-powered operatives to torpedo cities’ anti-gas policies – sometimes assisted by money those same cities have paid into gas trade associations”.

Read more on the case in the articles by The Guardian and The Seattle Times.