Building the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington, is the wrong direction for our safety, the Columbia river, and the climate. This facility undercuts Washington’s commitment to take meaningful and necessary action on climate change. Fortunately, we can do something about it.
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To: Governor Inslee, Port of Kalama, and Washington Department of Ecology
Building the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington, is the wrong direction for our safety, the Columbia River, and the climate. This facility undercuts Washington’s commitment to take meaningful and necessary action on climate change.
The draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) grossly misrepresents and underestimates the staggering climate pollution from Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed petrochemical refinery.
- The SEIS underestimates the amount and potency of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, associated with the Kalama facility due to increased fracking. By ignoring or downplaying credible studies on methane leakage and relying on outdated numbers, the SEIS presents an inaccurate picture of climate pollution associated with the project.
- The SEIS makes unrealistic assumptions about where the fracked gas will coming from and how much will leak. The report relies on a single study of methane leakage from a single fracking area in British Columbia—even though that study is suspect and Northwest Innovation Works will probably not buy fracked gas from this source for the 40-year lifetime of the project.
- Without compelling evidence, the SEIS assumes that this project will displace China’s use of coal-based technology to make olefins (the company’s stated end-use of methanol).
Please require that the SEIS be updated to reflect these concerns and to fully account for the true impacts of this project. Thanks for taking the time to review these comments.