Dear Safe Shippers,Because of your persistent actions to oppose the fracked gas-to-methanol Kalama refinery on the Columbia River — which would be the largest in the world!!! — the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) required an additional environmental review of the project’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This Draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is completed and ready for more Safe Shipper comments. Let’s do it! We are getting good at this!
No matter how many environmental reviews are conducted, the science still tells us that the proposed Kalama refinery is a very very bad idea for our planet, our state, and the waters of the Columbia River — the river that gives life to the salmon who, in turn, feed our starving orcas.
Ecology’s new analysis reveals that the Kalama refinery would cause significant additional GHG emissions from start (fracking in Canada) to finish (burned as fuel in China) — making it one of Washington State’s largest sources of climate-changing pollution. This refinery would use more fracked gas than all of Washington’s gas-fired power plants combined!
Anyone who wants to breathe clean air would say NO to this project. And yet, relying on smoke(!) and mirrors, the backers (the Chinese government-owned company NW Innovation Works) are claiming that if we don’t do the polluting, then someone else will and they will pollute even more! How about NO polluting by anyone? We Washingtonians will not be duped into paying for this project and becoming climate disaster enablers!
Please say NO to this very very bad idea before October 2, 2020.You may submit your comments in one of these ways:1. Online at http://admin.ecology.commentinput.com/?id=kG9ji2. Via mail to Rich Doenges, Department of Ecology, PO Box 47775, Olympia, WA 98504-77753. During one of three public online hearings, September 17 at 1 pm and September 22 at 10 am and 6 pm. For details and registration: https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Permits-certifications/Shoreline-permits-enforcement/Northwest-Innovation-Works-Kalama#kalama-hearings
NOTE: In advance of the hearings, Columbia Riverkeeper is offering a virtual comment-writing workshop on Monday, September 14 at 6 pm.https://www.columbiariverkeeper.org/events/2020/stop-worlds-largest-fracked-gas-methanol-refinery
In addition, you may sign on to these petitions. To give your signature more clout, please add a personal statement about why you want to protect the salmon, the orcas, the state, and the planet.
Columbia Riverkeeper: https://www.columbiariverkeeper.org/petition-methanol
Power Past Fracked Gas: https://p2a.co/vq805sm
The Sierra Club: https://addup.sierraclub.org/campaigns/stop-the-worlds-largest-fracked-gas-to-methanol-refinery/petition
Washington Environmental Council: https://wagreen.p2a.co/6Mjnp5A
Washington State Department of Ecology: “Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility. Draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement”https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/documents/2006011.pdf
Sightline Institute: “NEW ANALYSIS PROVES KALAMA METHANOL PROJECT IS A CLIMATE DISASTER. Project backers are still spinning fairytales that deserve a debunking.”https://www.sightline.org/2020/09/03/new-analysis-proves-kalama-methanol-project-is-a-climate-disaster/
Oregon Public Broadcasting: “Washington Ecology finds new climate impacts from Kalama methanol plant”https://www.opb.org/article/2020/09/02/kalama-methanol-plant-emissions/
EarthJustice: “A Guide Explaining the Health and Climate Risks Posed by the Proposed Kalama Methanol Facility”https://earthjustice.org/features/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-world-s-largest-gas-to-methanol-facility