Northwest Innovation Works LLC (NWIW), a new company (who has never built a methanol facility) backed 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 plants combined) on the Columbia River in the small town of Kalama, Washington. Fracked gas from B.C. and the Rockies would be brought by a 300-mile long Williams pipeline (which will need expansion) through Washington to Kalama, 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 used to make plastics, burned as transportation fuel, or sold on the open market.

This is NOT a "not in my backyard" protest. This massive facility should not be built ANYWHERE. We need to REDUCE our use of fossil fuels, keep them in the ground! Move to sustainable energies NOW -- wind, solar, geothermal -- these are the only acceptable way to power the earth if we wish to avoid burning it to death.

This project would use eminent domain (for corporate not public gain) to take resident's private property, obligate Washington state to decades more of fossil fuel extraction and consumption, contribute substantially to global warming, use vast amounts of fresh water, pollute our air and river, harm salmon, and expose the people of the northwest to health and safety risks. This is an extremely dangerous proposal, all for 192 jobs (few from Cowlitz County). Not worth the risks! Say NO to methanol in SW WA. Don't let the beautiful Columbia River estuary become the new Gulf Coast disaster.

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November 2017:
Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County (using tax payer $$) filed appeals to the State Board's decision.

[POK appeal | CCo appeal]

Court date(s) T.B.A. Meanwhile, NWIW will work on supplemental EIS of GHG emissions per the State Board's directive.

TDN: Cowlitz County joins lawsuit over methanol permit decision

TDN: Port of Kalama challenges reversal of methanol permits

AP News via Washington TImes: Port of Kalama appeals order nixing methanol project permits

September 2017: State Board rules two key permits invalid!

Columbia Riverkeeper: Fracked Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Permit Invalid

Summary judgment in our favour:

Shorelines Hearing Board Order, September 15, 2017

Related Articles:

AP News: Permits Invalidated for Big Washington State Methanol Plant

Columbian: Finn (Woodland Mayor) "disappointed" about methanol plant permits

OPB: Ruling Invalidates Key Permits For Proposed Wash. Methanol Plant

Reflector: State recinds Kalama methanol plant permits

Seattle Times: Board hits brakes on $1.8 billion methanol plant planned for Kalama

Tacoma News Tribune: Year after Tideflats methanol plant canceled, permits for Kalama version invalidated

TDN: State board nixes Kalama methanol permits


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