Inslee pulls support from two Western Washington natural gas projects, Seattle Times ($)

By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times staff reporter • May 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

Environmentalists are cheering Gov. Jay Inslee’s turnaround. Others question his motivation.  (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
1 of 2 | Environmentalists are cheering Gov. Jay Inslee’s turnaround. Others question his motivation. (Credit: Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Gov. Jay Inslee — citing the “accelerating threat of climate change” — withdrew support Wednesday for two Western Washington natural-gas projects: one in Kalama that would turn this fossil fuel into methanol, and another in Tacoma that would produce a transportation fuel for the maritime industry.

Inslee had previously backed both of these projects, once calling the proposed Kalama methanol plant “one of the most innovative clean-energy projects in the nation” and a model for the world. But Inslee now says he can no longer “in good conscience” support that project or a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project that Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has proposed for Tacoma. MORE>>


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