As wildfires exacerbated by the burning of fossil fuels ravage our region, a plan to build the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery on the Columbia River carries on. The Kalama methanol refinery would use more fracked gas than all of Washington’s gas-fired power plants combined. This project would be an outright disaster for our climate and our communities and it must be stopped. We’re in a crucial comment period this month and need your help to make sure we stop this project.
The Washington Department of Ecology recently released a new draft analysis showing that the Kalama methanol refinery would be a major climate polluter—one of Washington’s most significant sources of pollution. Unfortunately, the study also relies on an speculative and unenforceable market analysis to support this dirty, climate-wrecking proposal. Join us and urge Ecology to deny this project and to reject false claims from Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), the refinery’s backer:
To learn more and write a comment in community with others throughout the region, join us TONIGHT for a Comment Writing Workshop! You’ll learn more about the background of the Kalama methanol refinery, the report from the Dept. of Ecology, the important talking points to include in your comment, and all of the dangerous impacts this project will have on our region and communities.
No Methanol! Comment Writing Workshop
TONIGHT, Monday Sept. 14, 6 – 7:30 pm
Online. RSVP for the Zoom link here.
In addition to sending in a comment online, please make a plan to join us for one of the Dept. of Ecology’s virtual hearings on the project. These hearings are an important opportunity to make our voices heard before Ecology makes a major decision about the future of Kalama and our entire Pacific Northwest region:
- Thursday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. Register to attend
- Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. Register to attend
- Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. Register to attend
The devastating fires and smoke-filled skies are confirming what we’ve all known: we must keep fossil fuels in the ground and stop building any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Period. We are in a climate emergency—we can see it, breathe it, and smell it all around us. Together we can stop this destructive project and protect Kalama, the Columbia River, and our climate. Join us in saying no to the Kalama methanol refinery.
For resources and ways to take action to support communities in our region right now, visit 350pdx.org/wildfire. Stay safe,
Dineen O’Rourke, 350PDX Campaign Manager