The World's Largest Methanol Refinery: Proposed on the Columbia River
Northwest Innovation Works, a corporation controlled by the Chinese government, is seeking to build a methanol refinery at the Port of Kalama in Southeast Washington. After taking advantage of Washington's cheap natural (fracked) gas, electricity, and water for production, the methanol would be shipped to China to make plastics.
This project would emit over a million tons of new climate pollution every year - a major step in the wrong direction for Washington's climate goals.
It would also create five times more diesel particulate pollution than state guidelines for air toxics, along with emitting other hazardous pollutants including ammonia, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide.
This massive proposal - slated to be the largest in the world - would profoundly increase our region's consumption of fracked gas and drive the construction of new gas pipelines through the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about this project by reading the independent Sightline Institute report: Kalama's Methanol Refinery, By the Numbers.
Scoping Impacts: A Critical Moment to Weigh-In
After a legal victory last fall, the Port of Kalama must conduct a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that includes study of fracking, gas transportation, and consumption. We are currently in a 30-day comment period that will help determine the breadth and depth of the SEIS.
What do you think the Port of Kalama should study? Health impacts of fracking? The emergency response capacity of Kalama and the region, should an accident occur? The impact of hazardous, toxic pollutants emitted by fracked gas infrastructure? Now is our chance to demand a thorough study of this project and its consequences!
Need a little direction? Click here for a Sierra Club template for comments that encourage a broad, precedent-setting study of this project's harmful impacts. Or, you can submit your comment directly to the Port of Kalama.