Friday, June 7, 2019
This blog is dedicated to raising awareness of the threat to the city of Kalama Wa. and the Lower Columbia River from the installation of a huge methanol refinery and gas pipeline.
The entity behind this project is Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) which is under the control of the Peoples Republic of China.
Click here for more details from nomethanol360.com
Click here for more from Clean Air Kalama
NWIW claims that the operation of this refinery would mitigate climate change due to a net decrease in green house gas emissions. I suggest that this claim is pure "poppycock". Even if this gas were to be used "planned" (allegedly to make plastics thus locking up some carbon), how is it possible that fracturing the earth (e.g. fracking) to extract methane gas, piping it across the continent through a vast gas pipeline network, processing it in the Kalama Methanol Refinery and then shipping across the Pacific is cleaner than simply leaving it in the ground to begin with?
This plant would be expected to produce something on the order of 320 million cubic feet of methanol per day to be exported to China while the US imports around 1.5 billion cubic feet per day. Does this make any sense?
If we were to be using this energy source domestically and the energy was sorely needed then the reward might be worth the environmental risk to build this refinery. But NO, this gas is intended to be shipped to China where it will supposedly be used to make plastic (more of it to pollute the oceans), but more likely to be used as fuel (more of it to pollute the atmosphere).
Why should the city of Kalama, the Lower Columbia Basin, and the region in general incur all of the environmental risk while any benefits are realized by the Republic of China? Proponents cite the creation of jobs, but any new jobs would likely be filled by Chinese Nationals.
Posted by Dennis at 9:58 AM