Kalama Methanol Update

On November 4, 2019, Cowlitz County responded to the Washington Department of Ecology's request for information on Northwest Innovation Works' proposed methanol refinery in Kalama, WA.

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is desperate to avoid the fuel use question because burning the methanol for fuel would add roughly 5 million tons per year of additional carbon pollution to the lifecycle emissions of the refinery. The County and NWIW both argued to Ecology that its previous, deficient environmental analysis provides enough information for Ecology to make a decision. 

In response to the County's letter, Power Past Fracked Gas issued the following response:

"The proposed Kalama methanol refinery is a carbon bomb that would lock Washington into decades of fossil fuel use when the state is vigorously moving in the direction of clean energy. For five years, NWIW has tried to deceive the public and regulatory agencies about the purpose and impact of building the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery on the shores of the Columbia River. Washington’s Department of Ecology has repeatedly asked for basic information, and NWIW has once again refused to provide a complete, thorough response." 
-Dan Serres and Stephanie Hillman, Co-Directors, Power Past Fracked Gas Coalition

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