Fossil fuel companies are pushing projects to establish liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, pipelines, and fracked gas-to-methanol refineries in the Pacific Northwest.
Power Past Fracked Gas
Fossil fuel companies are pushing projects to establish liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, pipelines, and fracked gas-to-methanol refineries in the Pacific Northwest. Rather than fight each of these proposals separately, Riverkeeper teamed up with activists from all over the Pacific Northwest to stand in solidarity against the buildout of fracked gas infrastructure in our region. Together, we formed the Power Past Fracked Gas coalition in 2018.
Already, the Power Past Fracked Gas coalition has been busy. In February, we held a rally on the Washington Capitol steps to call attention to over 100,000 comments and statements against fracked gas proposals in Oregon and Washington. More recently, the coalition supported allies in Tacoma and southern Oregon as they objected to flawed environmental impact statements released by key regulatory agencies for massive LNG and pipeline projects. Not surprisingly, the fracked gas industry has a common script for all of its Northwest proposals: downplay the climate impact of fracked gas and ignore the safety hazards of fossil fuel infrastructure. And in coming months, Columbia Riverkeeper and our allies in the Power Past Fracked Gas will watch closely to see if the final environmental impact statement for the Kalama methanol refinery contains similar flaws and omissions.
Join Columbia Riverkeeper for the next Power Past Fracked Gas event in Kalama, Washington. Team up with the local leaders of the methanol fight in Kalama to make a statement against the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery.
No Methanol on Land and Water: Saturday, May 18, 2019: 1 - 4 p.m.
Camp Kalama RV Park, 5055 Meeker Dr, Kalama, WA 98625
This fun, family-friendly event will highlight the beauty of Kalama and draw attention to the risks of building the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama. The event will take place on the anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption. Here’s a not-so-fun fact: steam plumes from the Kalama methanol refinery would sometimes be taller than Mount St. Helens. Mount St. Helens’ elevation is 8,366 feet and is visible from hundreds of miles away. The steam plume for the Kalama plant would exceed this height 25% of the time it’s operating*. Help us to stand up to this mountain of fracked gas pollution!
We look forward to seeing you on May 18! Don’t forget to RSVP so that we can let you know if event details change.