Take Action: Protect Our Climate

Tell the Washington Department of Ecology (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 Ecology 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.

Quick Facts about Fracked-Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Proposal in Washington State:
  • 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.
  • Project proponents: Northwest Innovation Works, a subsidiary of the Chinese government-controlled Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • 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.
Background

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 Ecology’s Director, Maia Bellon, to protect our climate and deny 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