Just Released: New Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Kalama Methanol Refinery
On Wednesday, September 2, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) released a new Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to address the climate impacts of the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed in Kalama, WA.
Ecology’s new analysis reveals what the project’s backers have long denied: that the refinery would cause more methanol to be burned as fuel in China and result in significant methane pollution from fracking. The methanol refinery would quickly become one of Washington’s most significant sources of climate-changing pollution and use more fracked gas than all of Washington’s gas-fired power plants, combined.
Unfortunately, Ecology’s study also relies on speculative mitigation and an unenforceable market analysis to prop up this dirty, climate-wrecking proposal.