No Gas, No Pipelines, No Methanol! Not in Kalama, Not in Washington

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), a multi-national partnership with investors in China, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom, is proposing the world’s largest natural gas to methanol refinery on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, Washington.

This project affects all of us—it brings dangerous new pipelines through our communities, supports fracking, drives climate change, and threatens our coastal ecosystems. But the project is currently only being reviewed by the Port of Kalama. We need Governor Inslee and the Department of Ecology to start a statewide review of this refinery and its related pipelines. And they should reject these projects.

When this project was proposed for Tacoma, it was rejected by resounding community opposition due to concerns about pollution, safety, and other issues. Your voice matters—you can help stop this project and push Washington to become a true leader for truly green industry.

For more information download our fact sheet here. Or check out this great analysis by the Sightline Institute.

Then fill out this form to tell Governor Inslee and Ecology Director Maia Bellon to review NWIW’s Methanol Refinery! (Letter text below.)

Subject: I support a comprehensive statewide environmental review for the NWIW methanol facility!

Dear Governor Inslee and Director Bellon,

I am writing to express my concern about the environmental review for the Northwest Innovation Works proposed methanol facility in Kalama, WA.

This project has significant statewide implications for Washington’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and would likely lead to significant pipeline expansion. The current project EIS does not sufficiently examine the impacts of pipeline expansion, or provide a comprehensive review of the project’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The refinery would emit over a million tons per year of CO2, making it one of the largest single sources of climate pollution in the State. The emissions from the production process alone would increase Washington’s total greenhouse gas emissions by 1.6%, in clear defiance of the State Legislature’s goal of reducing emissions by 11% over the next three years.

The refinery would also require 300,000 dekatherms a day of natural gas every day, more than all natural gas plants in Washington combined. This new demand will drive new gas extraction and the construction of a large new gas pipeline, as existing regional pipelines do not have capacity for this new volume during peak months. The gas industry, including the Northwest Gas Association and Northwest Natural, has predicted this facility would create a need for new pipeline infrastructure.  A new pipeline would make additional new gas projects (including gas-fired power plants) more economical, further damaging our ability to meet the State’s GHG reduction targets. I am very concerned that the current EIS does not consider this new pipeline infrastructure.

Once again I ask that your agencies conduct a thorough and statewide review of the impacts of this methanol refinery, similar to the comprehensive EIS ordered for the Millennium coal export terminal.