Northwest Innovation Works, a company controlled by the Chinese government, seeks to take advantage of Washington State’s cheap natural gas, water, and electricity to manufacture methanol for export to China. The proposal would include a 90-acre methanol refinery at the Port of Kalama, a massive new dock and dredging in the lower Columbia River, and a 3 mile long pipeline through a pioneer cemetery and residential properties in Cowlitz County. If built, Kalama's small town charm and tightly-knit community would be transformed into another industrialized spigot for the export of fossil fuels.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Senior Organizer with Columbia Riverkeeper, who is working closely with dozens of community members in Kalama who are concerned about this proposed methanol refinery on the Columbia River.
Read Columbia Riverkeeper's white paper on the Kalama methanol refinery: Methanol Refining and Export on the Columbia: What You Need to Know