Northwest Innovation Works wants to build the largest natural gas-to-methanol refinery in the world in Kalama. Check out the links below to learn more about the proposal and why so many are opposed.
Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), a newly created company backed by the Chinese government, wants to build what will be the world’s largest plant to turn fracked methane gas into highly explosive methanol at the Port of Kalama, Washington. If their proposal is approved, the company will ship the methanol through the Columbia River estuary to China where it will be used to make plastic or burned as fuel, increasing global fossil fuel consumption.
IF THE PLANT WILL BRING JOBS TO KALAMA, WHY ARE A GROWING NUMBER OF RESIDENTS AND NEIGHBORS OPPOSED?
The plant’s smokestack will emit cancer-causing diesel particulate matter into the local air at a rate exceeding the recommended limits set by Washington state’s Acceptable Source Impact Levels (ASIL), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The plant will use nearly 5 million gallons of non-renewable fresh water resources daily and be built in a subduction zone, on dredged soil that will become liquefied in the event of an earthquake. NWIW is a newly created company with no experience operating methanol plants. The pipeline supplying the fracked methane will disturb the local cemetery, and, be managed by a company with a bad safety track record. Tankers transporting the methanol will travel a channel so shallow that ships have gotten lodged and damaged. With a methanol tanker, this would mean methanol flooding into our Columbia River estuary. Learn more…