Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), a new limited-liability company owned by the Chinese government, wants to build the largest methanol (a volatile petrochemical) refinery in the world (about as large as all seven U.S. methanol refineries combined) on the Columbia River in the small town of Kalama, Washington (pop. 2500) despite never having built a methanol facility. Fracked methane (a potent greenhouse gas) from B.C. and the Rockies would be transported across the entire state by a 300-mile long Williams pipeline (which will need a diameter expansion and a new 3-mile pipeline through local residents' private property taken by eminent domain), converted to methanol (in a process never before used industrially), and exported in super-tankers through the Columbia River estuary to China where it would be burned as transportation fuel, used to make one-use plastics, or sold on the open market.

Local climate activists at silent sidewalk protest in Fruit Valley, April 2018, while Gov. Inslee campaigned at elementary school.
Sidewalk protest during Gov. visit, Fruit Valley, 2018-04-16. Photo credit: Mark Keely

If built this refinery would be a top polluter and massive fracked gas guzzler using more fracked gas than all other industrial users in WA combined. This single refinery would use as much fracked gas as 1/3 the entire state of WA does now, using almost three times what Seattle plus Portland do. It would emit over 1 million tons of GHG from the smokestack alone and emit up to 7 million tons when including “upstream” methane leakage from extraction and pipelines.  

Cambria Keely speeking at anti-methanol rally and eagle releast, January 2017, Longview WA.
Eagle release and rally, Longview, 2017-01-23. Photo credit: Rick Rappaport

This is NOT a "not in my backyard" protest. This massive polluter should not be built ANYWHERE. We need to REDUCE our use of fossil fuels, keep them in the ground! Grow green energies NOW -- wind, solar, geothermal -- these are the only sustainable ways to power the earth. Renewable energy is the fastest growing job sector. The United States must not let this opportunity for economic justice pass by.

Peoples Climate March Boat Parade April 2017 Kalama Wa. John Flynn, boat owner. Rick Rappaport, Photographer.
Peoples climate march, Kalama, 2017-04-29. Photo credit: Rick Rappaport

This refinery would obligate Washington state to decades of fossil fuel infrastructure and consumption, contribute substantially to global warming, use vast amounts of fresh water, pollute our air and river, harm salmon, take local residents' private property through eminent domain (for corporate not public gain), and expose the people of the northwest to health and safety risks. This is an extremely destructive proposal all for 192 jobs (few from Cowlitz County), profits to China, and more plastics clogging our oceans. Not worth the risks!

Say NO to methanol. Don't let our magnificent
Columbia River estuary become the new Gulf Coast.
Protect the Pacific Northwest's #ThinGreenLine

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Stop this Kalama calamity.

There is no way to make this refinery look pretty. Quote from CRK.

Next No Methanol Organizing Meeting: Wed 12/5 @ 6pm. Note new day, now 1st Wednesdays.

More teen & Y.A. involvement needed. Please join us!

Download Draft SEIS here.
This DSEIS (draft supplemental environmental impact statement) was mandated by the courts because NWIW lied about GHG emissions in original EIS. It is written by NWIW, a subsidiary of the Chinese government, and Life Cycle Associates, a PR firm for big oil/gas. By cherry-picking outlier data, they claim that the methanol refinery actually has climate benefits. Don't buy their spin! The DEIS grossly misrepresents and underestimates the staggering climate damage this refinery will do. This massive fossil fuel plant would pollute our air and water while consuming one-third as much fracked gas as the entire state of WA does now. Tell Gov. Inslee and Dept. of Ecology No Fracking Way!
THUR 12/13 Indoor Rally & Public Hearing, 5-9 pm in Longview
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