The World's Largest Methanol Refinery: Proposed on the Columbia River
Northwest Innovation Works, a corporation controlled by the Chinese government, is seeking to build a methanol refinery at the Port of Kalama in Southeast Washington. After taking advantage of Washington's cheap natural (fracked) gas, electricity, and water for production, the methanol would be shipped to China to make plastics.
This project would emit over a million tons of new climate pollution every year - a major step in the wrong direction for Washington's climate goals.
It would also create five times more diesel particulate pollution than state guidelines for air toxics, along with emitting other hazardous pollutants including ammonia, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide.
This massive proposal - slated to be the largest in the world - would profoundly increase our region's consumption of fracked gas and drive the construction of new gas pipelines through the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about this project by reading the independent Sightline Institute report: Kalama's Methanol Refinery, By the Numbers.
Despite widepread public opposition, Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology granted the Shorelines Substantial Development and Conditional Use permits for this project. We must now put pressure on Governor Inslee to come out against this project, and call for an in-depth environmental review.