Tell the Department of Ecology: Protect Washington from the World's Largest Methanol Refinery!

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We are working to stop the world's largest methanol refinery, proposed in Kalama WA. If built, this refinery would refine fracked gas into methanol in Kalama, WA, and ship it to China to make plastics. This single project would consume more fracked gas than any sector of Washington’s economy. This will require new gas pipeline infrastructure, likely down the I-5 corridor in Washington. Gas infrastructure carries a big risk of explosions and leaks methane, a greenhouse gas over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

The best way to stop both the methanol refinery, and the associated pipeline is go get Governor Inslee to come out against it. Governor Inslee recently championed a coalition of governors committed to climate action. [Approval of this methanol refinery runs counter to his and Washington State’s climate commitments.]  In order to deliver on these comments he needs to publicly oppose this refinery, and call for a more thorough environmental review of the project.

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Governor Inslee, More than ever, we need you to be our climate change and public health champion. That’s why I’m calling on you to oppose Northwest Innovation Work’s natural gas-to-methanol refinery. Building the world’s largest natural gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington, is the wrong direction for our safety, river, climate and private property rights. Here’s why: • Staggering Fracked Gas Use: The refinery would consume a stunning amount of fracked natural gas—one-third as much gas as the entire state of Washington. This flies in the face of your commitment to take bold action on climate change. • Undisclosed Impacts: To feed its enormous new gas demand, Northwest Innovation Works and regional gas suppliers are quietly planning for a major new pipeline. So far they haven’t disclosed how the methanol terminal would obtain its gas, hiding the broader impacts of the methanol refinery and the pipelines needed to supply it. • Air Pollution: Emissions from the methanol refinery terminal would be five times greater than Washington’s Acceptable Source Impact Level for diesel particulate matter. And the proposal would be one of the biggest greenhouse gas polluters in the Washington, releasing up to 1.4 million tons of carbon dioxide. • Eminent Domain for Private Gain: The project requires new pipelines to deliver natural gas to the refinery. Private property owners -- including a historic Pioneer Cemetery -- are facing the threat of eminent domain to build one of the pipelines the project would need. This project flies in the face of your bold vision to address climate change and create clean energy jobs. I’m calling on you to take a second look at your early endorsement of the project and join the growing movement of people, businesses, and organizations opposing methanol.