Act Now: Protect Our Climate

Fracked gas or stable climate? Fracking, pipelines, and methanol refineries contribute to climate change. 

Governor Inslee: Protect Our Climate, Oppose the Fracked-Gas-to-Methanol-Refinery

Tell Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology to say “No!” to a climate disaster: a proposal for the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington. Together, we can convince Washington to deny key permits for the proposed Kalama methanol refinery. If built, the refinery would be one of Washington’s biggest contributors to climate-changing pollution.

Take Action: Protect Our Climate

Tell Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology to say “No!” to a climate disaster: a proposal for the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington.

Quick Facts about Fracked-Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Proposal in Washington State:
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Current status:

Permitting and environmental reviews are underway by Cowlitz County and the Port of Kalama. The project requires approval from the Washington Department of Ecology, which must protect Washington’s shorelines from climate change impacts.

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Project proponents:

Northwest Innovation Works, a subsidiary of the Chinese government-controlled Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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This project would consume 320 million cubic feet of fracked gas per day—more than all other industrial uses in the State of Washington combined.

Commit to taking three actions this spring to stop this climate disaster:

  1. Call Governor Inslee Today!  
    Dial during business hours (360-902-4111) and tell the governor to do the right thing and oppose the Kalama fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery.
  2. Attend a Hearing.
    Cowlitz County and the Port of Kalama will hold critical public hearings on the Kalama refinery this spring or summer. Subscribe to Riverkeeper’s email list or social media channels for updates.
  3. Share this petition with Five Friends and Share on Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
    We’ll deliver another wave of petitions to Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology this summer. Share Riverkeeper’s petitions with five friends and help build the movement for our climate and river. Visit columbiariverkeeper.org/take-action.

Columbia Riverkeeper members protected the Columbia from massive fracked gas infrastructure projects including the Bradwood Landing and Oregon LNG terminals and the hundreds of miles of new pipelines that would have fed them with gas. Together, we can stop the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery. Learn more

Background

Washington Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology can stand up to the gas industry’s plans to use the Northwest as an export hub for fossil fuels by denying pending permits for the proposed methanol refinery in Kalama. Tell them to protect our climate and oppose the fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery.

“Natural gas” is a phrase promoted by the fossil-fuel industry to fool consumers into believing that methane—the primary component in natural gas—is a climate-friendly fossil fuel. Don’t be fooled. At least half of the natural gas we consume comes from fracking—a dangerous and dirty process that pollutes soil, water, and air. In 2014, the fossil-fuel industry used fracking to extract half of the gas produced in Canada— and it’s expected to increase to 80 percent by 2035. Bottom line: There’s nothing “natural” about destroying our climate, communities, and water. Learn more