Act Now: Protect the Northwest from Fracked Gas!

 Dr. Margaret Kitchell of WPSR’s Climate & Health Task Force spoke about health professionals’ opposition to the Kalama methanol refinery a rally.

Dr. Margaret Kitchell of WPSR’s Climate & Health Task Force spoke about health professionals’ opposition to the Kalama methanol refinery a rally.

Northwest Innovation Works, a fossil fuel company, seeks to build the largest fracked-gas to methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington. This facility would be among the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in Washington, threaten air and water quality, and pollute to the equivalent of 1.2 million cars.

A new Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the project misses many likely impacts and the true costs of this project. While the company argues that this facility would be a net-benefit for the climate, independent researchers find that it could be the largest source of carbon pollution in Washington by 2025.

Both the recently released US Climate Assessment and IPCC report on climate change warn that we can’t afford any new fossil fuel projects. We can take action locally to help curb carbon pollution and resist this harmful fracked gas facility in Kalama! The Port of Kalama is accepting comments on the SEIS until December 28th.

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Governor Inslee, Port of Kalama, and Washington Department of Ecology:

Building the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington, is the wrong direction for our safety, river, and climate. This facility undercuts Washington’s commitment to take meaningful and necessary action on climate change.

The draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) grossly misrepresents and underestimates the staggering climate pollution from Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed petrochemical refinery.

  • The SEIS underestimates the amount and potency of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, associated with the Kalama facility due to increased fracking. By ignoring or downplaying credible studies on methane leakage and relying on outdated numbers, the SEIS presents an inaccurate picture of climate pollution associated with the project.

  • This facility would increase demand for fracked gas, which is linked to harmful pollution and environmental degredation. Research confirms that fracking is linked to poor air quality, asthma excacerbation, neurological disorders, and even harm to pregnant mothers. Building gas projects locks us in to more pollution and poses risk to communities living with fracking in their backyards.

  • The SEIS makes unrealistic assumptions about where the fracked gas will coming from and how much will leak. The report relies on a single study of methane leakage from a single fracking area in British Columbia—even though that study is suspect and Northwest Innovation Works will probably not buy fracked gas from this source for the 40-year lifetime of the project.

  • Without compelling evidence, the SEIS assumes that this project will displace China’s use of coal-based technology to make olefins (the company’s stated end-use of methanol).

Please update this SEIS to use the latest data and science and use your authority to halt this harmful project.

Thank you,