Basic Facts about Proposed Methanol Refinery

  • Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is a limited liability company established in 2014. NWIW is a controlled foreign entity of the Chinese Party State (the CPC), the only company the Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings (CASH) has spun outside China.
  • NWIW has never built or operated a methanol refinery (despite lies about methanol on the Columbia River). They'll use a new process of producing methanol never tested on this scale.
  • By far the largest methanol refinery in the world. About
    as large as all 7 existing U.S. methanol refineries combined.

  • Increases WA state's total fracked gas use by 38%.
    To consume 320 million cubic feet of fracked gas per day,
    more gas than all other industries in Washington combined.
  • Increases WA state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
    Would become WA's top climate polluter by 2025.
  • Emits more than 1 million tons of GHG from flare stack.
    7M tons GHG when include “upstream” methane leakage.
  • Obligates us to decades of fossil fuel infrastructure.
    Fracked gas pipelines leak methane! [Methane Maps]

  • Only 1 permanent job per acre most not hired from Cowlitz Co.
  • Methanol to be sold on open market with NO quarantee where it will be used or for what purpose (e.g. burned as transpo fuel, used to make single-use plastics to further clog our oceans).
  • Steam plumes from the Kalama methanol refinery would sometimes be taller than Mount St. Helens. Mount St. Helens’ elevation is 8,366 feet and is visible from hundreds of miles away. The steam plume for the Kalama plant would exceed this height 25% of the time it’s operating*. *As shown in Table 16 on page 60 of Appendix D to the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

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Site Maps & Related Photos

Click two site maps for larger view.

Above: The Kalama methanol refinery would resemble this one in Trinidad
according to NWIW's project documents. Below: The 3.1-mile Kalama Lateral pipeline siezes private residential property by eminent domain. For more overhead shots see SEPA starting at page 112.


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