Inslees early support of Kalama methanol plant has him in pickle

first_imgLONGVIEW — On a sunny day in August 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee stood in a grassy park next to the Port of Kalama and extolled a plan to build one of the world’s largest natural gas-to-methanol plants on the banks of the Columbia River.Inslee was flanked by a gathering of local politicians, government workers, and executives from Northwest Innovation Works, the Chinese-backed company behind the $1.8 billion project.“This partnership, I think, highlights China’s growing confidence in the people in the state of Washington,” he said. “I think this bodes well for Washington’s future.”The plant — which would use a new ultra-low emissions technology to make methanol for plastics manufacturing — “moves our clean energy future forward at a very rapid pace,” the governor said at the time.But since then, Northwest Innovation Works has abandoned a similar proposed plant in Tacoma and its project at Port Westward, Ore., is in limbo. And after the state shoreline hearings board yanked two key permits for the Kalama plant last fall, the Port of Kalama now is pursuing an additional environmental review for the project.last_img read more