By Miles Johnson, Clean Water Attorney
June 13, 2017
Last week, Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) abandoned their duty to protect the Columbia River, and Washington’s climate, from methanol refining and export. Governor Inslee has said that we are the last generation that can do anything about climate change. Governor: The time for talk is over. As the Trump administration abandons and undercuts efforts to combat climate change, we look to Washington state for action. Massive fossil fuel projects like the Kalama methanol refinery undercut Washington’s commitments on climate change.
Northwest Innovation Works seeks to build the world’s largest methanol refinery on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington. The methanol refinery would convert fracked natural gas into liquid methanol, store the liquid methanol onsite, and export the methanol to China in large tanker ships. In China, the methanol could be used to manufacture plastics or burned as fuel.