Environment & Energy Report

Methanol Export Terminal’s Environmental Permits Suspended

Nov. 24, 2020, 3:27 PM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must take a more rigorous environmental review of a proposed methanol export facility on the Columbia River, including its effect on greenhouse gas emissions, and the permits the Corps originally issued must be vacated, a federal court in Washington said.

Northwest Innovation Works is seeking to build a refinery to convert fracked gas to methanol and a shipping terminal on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, partially financed by a $2 billion dollar loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The methanol would be exported to Asia to produce plastics. The refining...

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