Building the world's largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington, would take us in the wrong direction. This project threatens our health and safety and the stability of our climate. Supporting this facility would undercut 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 By ignoring or downplaying credible studies on methane leakage and relying on outdated numbers, the SEIS presents an inaccurate picture of climate pollution associated with the project.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 be coming from and how much methane 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 use the best science available to inform the SEIS and use your authority to halt this dirty and dangerous project.
Thank you for considering this request,