Washington Ecology finds new climate impacts from Kalama methanol plant, OPB

New analysis projects more emissions from natural gas and methanol fuel markets

By Cassandra Profita (OPB) • Sept. 2, 2020 6:07 p.m.
PORTLAND, ORE

The site at the Port of Kalama where NW Innovation Works is proposing a 90-acre methanol plant.
The site at the Port of Kalama where NW Innovation Works is proposing a 90-acre methanol plant. (Source: NW Innovation Works)

An environmental analysis released Wednesday by the Washington Department of Ecology found additional sources of greenhouse gas emissions from the $2 billion methanol project proposed on the lower Columbia River.

Ecology found the project would increase the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by almost 1 million tons, making it one of the 10 largest sources of emissions in Washington.

The agency found the project could generate more greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction of natural gas than previously estimated and that it would lead to methanol being burned globally as fuel. MORE>>


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