Member Spotlight

"No Methanol" Activists

(methaNOl Activists)

Camp Kalama with "No Methanol" signs
"No Methanol Refinery!" yard signs in front of Camp Kalama in Kalama, Washington.

February saw a whirlwind of opposition to the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed in the Columbia River town of Kalama. Activists used a public comment period to highlight broad opposition, with phenomenal results

  • Over 11,000 public comments opposed to the Kalama methanol refinery;
  • Over 250 people attended four comment-writing workshops;
  • Nearly 100 front yards adorned with “No Methanol” yard signs in Kalama;
  • Over a dozen letters to the editor opposing the methanol refinery;
  • Over 550 people received personal phone calls from volunteers about the comment period and comment-writing workshops; and
  • 11 organizations supported technical comments written by Columbia Riverkeeper.

This grassroots organizing victory show the growing public opposition to methanol and fracked gas! And because grassroots organizing is a community-wide effort, Riverkeeper’s monthly spotlight extends to the entire community of methaNOl activists throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Tell Washington Governor Jay Inslee to oppose the Kalama methanol refinery. The world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery threatens our safety, river, climate, and private property rights!