Permits Fail to Address Threats to Climate, Safety, Public Health and Could Consume more Fracked Natural Gas than all the Gas-Fired Power Plants in Washington State

June 29, 2017 (Olympia,WA) – Environmental groups today challenged two permits for the world’s largest fracked methanol refinery, slated for development along the iconic Columbia River in Kalama, Washington.

The coalition of local and national groups — Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity, represented by Earthjustice — filed an appeal with the Washington Shorelines Hearings Board because the permits fail to address threats to climate, safety, and public health.

The Shoreline Management Act permits, approved by the Washington Department of Ecology earlier this month, would allow the Port of Kalama and Northwest Innovation Works LLC to build a massive methanol refinery in the Columbia River shoreline. The refinery would convert fracked natural gas into methanol, which would be shipped to China to make plastics. More details.