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Ruling invalidates key permits for Kalama methanol project

From The Columbian:

U.S. environmental groups opposed to the Pacific Northwest becoming an international fossil fuels gateway scored a major victory when a Washington state board invalidated two permits for a $2 billion project to manufacture methanol from natural gas and export it to China.

Last week’s decision by the state Shorelines Hearings Board is […]

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Port of Tacoma commissioners say they need more answers about proposed methanol plant

From KPLU:

Port of Tacoma commissioners say they have a lot of unanswered questions about a Chinese-backed company’s proposed methanol plant on port property.

Almost two years ago, the commissioners signed a 30-year lease with the company, Northwest Innovation Works, with little public input. But lately there’s been so much public outcry that the company […]

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Kalama considers methanol project after Tacoma says no

NIW’s proposed methanol plant at the Port of Kalama, Wash.

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

When Tacoma residents sized up a proposal to build a methanol plant and shipping facility, they saw it mostly as a source of toxic air pollution with a mighty thirst for water and a voracious appetite for electricity.

But that […]

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China-backed group eyes Pacific Northwest for trio of methanol refineries in Tacoma, Kalama, Port Westward

From The Associated Press:

The Pacific Northwest could become a major hub for methanol production if three proposed refineries are built along the Columbia River and Puget Sound.

A China-backed consortium, Northwest Innovation Works, has proposed two plants in Washington and a third in Oregon to convert natural gas to methanol, which would be shipped […]

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