Huge Turnabout: Gov. Inslee Speaks out against methanol refinery in Kalama
As reported in the Tacoma News Tribune: Gov. Jay Inslee has spoken out against the methanol production facility in Kalama.
“I cannot in good conscience support continued construction of a liquefied natural gas plant in Tacoma or a methanol production facility in Kalama. In the early days of both projects, I said they could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions as we transition to cleaner energy sources, but I am no longer convinced that locking in these multi-decadal infrastructure projects are sufficient to accomplishing what’s necessary.”, said the Govenor following a bill signing Wednesday banning hydraulic fracking for oil and natural gas within Washington state.
Breaking News: Port of Kalama passes nwiw lease amendment
The Port of Kalama commissioners, disregarding the impassioned pleas of several concerned area residents, unanimously passed and amendment to the NWIW port lease that ostensibly prohibits NWIW from using the methanol exported to China for fuel, but does anyone really believe that this amendment can be enforced against a company controlled by a foreign power?
This amendment appears to be a “run for cover” after the story (see adjacent panel) broke that showed evidence that NWIW does indeed intend to use the methanol exported from the proposed Kalama ethanol refinery for fuel.
Bombshell report: NWIW lied about their methanol refinery
OPB broke a huge story about Northwest Innovation Works’ (NWIW) proposal to build the world’s largest gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, WA. Documents obtained by Columbia Riverkeeper demonstrate that NWIW mislead regulators and the public about the purpose of the methanol project.
NWIW repeatedly claimed that methanol produced at the facility would only be used as a feedstock for plastics. But in a 2018 PowerPoint presentation to potential investors, NWIW clearly indicates that Kalama’s methanol would primarily be burned as fuel in China’s cars, trucks, buses, ships, and factories. Burning methanol for fuel is bad for our climate. NWIW’s bait-and switch undermines the self-serving supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that NWIW released in late 2018.
Oregon court decision stops plans for methanol refinery at port westward
The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a decision that Columbia County ignored the law in attempting to double the size of the Port Westward facility.
Thus the county’s attempt to rezone prime farmland into an industrial area was thwarted.
Breaking News: State Representative is on the NWIW payroll
According to an article appearing in the June 3rd edition of the Seattle Times, it seems that State Rep. Richard DeBolt who has been has been working to push the Kalama Methanol Refinery project through the Dept. of Ecology permitting process has also been drawing a 6 figure ($120,000) salary from NWIW.
While, apparently, it is “perfectly legal” in the State of Washington for a state legislator to hold a second job, in this case would it be considered “perfectly ethical”?
Port of Vancouver votes against future fossil fuel projects
The Port of Kalama commissioners might take note of the stand taken by the Port of Vancouver against fossil fuel projects.
The commissioners voted 2-1 to make the following statement: “the port chooses not to pursue new bulk fossil fuel terminals on port-owned industrial property.”
Investigative journalist Barbara Bernstein produced a radio series focused on exposing the risks of the Kalama methanol refinery. Follow the links below to learn!
Close to 200 people gathered on land and water at Camp Kalama on Saturday, May 18th to protest the proposed methanol refinery and listen to several speakers who voiced their oposition to the plant and praised Governor Inslee’s recent statement against the project.
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