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.

Read the News Tribune story here

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”?

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.

Read the OPB story here

Now the Port of Kalama is voting to amend the lease agreement to limit usage of the fuel to making plastic, an obvious attempt to mask the lie.

Camp Kalama ralley a huge success!

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.

Click here for the Columbia River Keeper article

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