May 2018: Another victory in the fight against fracking and fossil fuel export! On May 8th the Cowlitz County Superior Court upheld the Washington Shorelines Hearings Board’s decision that the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County broke the law by failing to disclose and evaluate greenhouse gas pollution from the proposed Kalama methanol refinery. But, he also reinstated the two key permits, pending the new SEIS. So mostly good news :)

Cowlitz County Superior Court Affirms Port Broke Law by Ignoring GHG Pollution 5/8/2018

Related News Articles:

- Columbian: Methanol plant review will include emissions
- TDN: Judge restores methanol permits, but rules environmental review inadequate
- Sustainable Life: Massive fossil fuel export plant proposed in Kalama faces setback in court

Port of Kalama must now choose: appeal court decision, admit true environmental cost of methanol refining and export; or abandon this dirty fossil fuel project as NWIW did in Tacoma when faced with strong public outcry.

March 2018: Scoping comment period during February was a grand success! 19,000 comments received, 100 new yard signs in 3 weeks, 250 people attended one of four public information meetings, 10+ letters to the editor, solid editorial from the Columbian (Conundrum in Kalama), phone banking to 500 people, and 11 organizations representing local, regional, national, and tribal concerns signed on to the technical scoping comments.

February 2018: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Report on GHG emissions from Kalama methanol refinery. [Press Release | CRK Blog Post]

- EcoWatch: Fracked Gas Project Could Undermine Washington’s Clean Energy Goals


November 2017: Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County (using tax payer $$) filed appeals to the State Board's decision on behalf of NWIW. [POK appeal]

- TDN: Cowlitz County joins lawsuit over methanol permit decision
- TDN: Port of Kalama challenges reversal of methanol permits
- AP News via Washington TImes: Port of Kalama appeals order nixing methanol project permits
- AP News via Tacoma News Tribune: Kalama port to do environmental review of methanol plant

September 2017: State Shorelines Board rules two key permits invalid! Orders EIS must include all GHG emissions upstream and downstream, ie. from "well-to-wheel".

State Shorelines Board Rules Fracked Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Permit Invalid

Summary judgment in our favour:

Shorelines Hearing Board Summary Judgement Order 9/15/2017

Related News Articles:

- AP News: Permits Invalidated for Big Washington State Methanol Plant
- Columbian: Finn (Woodland Mayor) "disappointed" about methanol plant permits
- Olympian: Physicians oppose methanol refinery
- OPB: Ruling Invalidates Key Permits For Proposed Wash. Methanol Plant
- Reflector: State rescinds Kalama methanol plant permits
- Seattle Times: Board hits brakes on $1.8 billion methanol plant planned for Kalama
- Tacoma News Tribune: Year after Tideflats methanol plant canceled, permits for Kalama version invalidated
- TDN: State board nixes Kalama methanol permits


See Columbia Rivekeeper's list of press releases, comments, legal actions, and other campaign information at CRK's Fracked-Gas Resources.

March 2016: Estimated 800 people attended the public hearing on the draft EIS (environmental impact statement) held at the Kalama High School on March 22nd and 3000 comments on the DEIS were received by Columbia Riverkeeper (CRK). The CRK informational presentation on the methanol refinery 2 days prior were where many of us first became actively involved in the fight.

Environmental Impact Statement & Permits

  • Final EIS of NWIW Methanol Refinery (click "Project Library")
    Released 9/30/2016. Still ignores greenhouse gases emitted during fracking process and pipeline leakage and the fossil fuel burned by ships hauling methanol to China. We deserve a full and accurate accounting! [APPEAL]
    Updates: 9/2017 State board deems FEIS illegal! 5/2018 Court upholds that decision. NWIW must write new EIS that includes GHG emissions "from well to wheel".
  • Clean Air Permit approved by SWCCA 6/7/2017. [Tech | Com | Resp]
  • Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use Permit
    Ecology approved 6/8/2017. Initially denied, then revised application (not shared with the citizenry) approved with conditions. [APPEAL]
    Update 9/2017. Permits invalidated by courts b/c based on the original flawed FEIS.
    Update 5/2018. Permids reinstated by Cowlitz Supreme Court but pending SEIS
  • The chart of permits required, below, is taken from original FEIS.
    CRK's permitting process document provides additional information.

Disclaimer: We do our best to assure all statements here are factual and sourced. We claim no responsibility for typos, errors, or misstatements.


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