Long targeted by fossil fuel expansion, Tacoma takes significant steps toward protecting the Tideflats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 5 February, 2021 Media Contact: Zachary DeWolf, Communications Director, Washington Environmental Council: (206) 771-4207, zachary@wecprotects.org TACOMA–Yesterday the City of Tacoma took a significant step in improving oversight over fossil fuels in the Tideflats, and responded to widespread community outcry by rescinding a preliminary approval for an expansion of the SeaPort Sound bulk … Continued

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Our Approach to Carbon Pricing

A key indicator of climate change is found in the ever-increasing rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet; nearly 1.2 trillion tons each year. While the speed of ice loss is now in line with worst-case scenarios for people and our environment, we will not achieve climate justice without racial justice. We must … Continued

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Washington Rejects Massive Methanol Refinery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 19 January, 2021 Fracked Gas Refinery and Export Terminal Would Have Significant Climate Impact  Media Contact: Brett VandenHeuvel; Columbia Riverkeeper: (503) 348-2436 The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) denied permits for the massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in Kalama, WA. Ecology nixed the fossil fuel processing and export proposal after deciding it would have … Continued

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Thousands Urge Washington to Reject Climate-Wrecking Methanol Refinery in Kalama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 8 October, 2020 Thousands of Washingtonians are standing up against this dangerous polluting project. Media Contact: Dan Serres, Conservation Director, Columbia Riverkeeper (503) 890-2441 dan@columbiariverkeeper.org Lacey, WA — Today, a broad coalition of over 30 community organizations representing tens of thousands of people from across the Northwest urged the Washington Department of … Continued

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Washington Analysis Reveals Pollution Potential of Major Methanol Refinery

A new draft environmental analysis evaluates the greenhouse gas impacts of the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed in Kalama, Washington.

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2020 Session Sees Some Environmental Progress, but Senate Fails to Pass Two Major Climate Bills

Two of four Environmental Priorities passed this session, but major climate action stalled again in the Senate.

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Puyallup Tribe, Environmental Groups Hit Tacoma LNG with Legal Challenges

Appeals to air permit say project would deepen climate crisis and bring safety risks

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New state rule continues to leave Washington vulnerable to the threat of tar sands, sinking oils

The Washington Department of Ecology formally adopted updates to the rule governing how companies transporting oil through the state must be prepared to respond to a spill.

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Tacoma Fracked Gas Facility Faces Continued Opposition Despite Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Permit Approval

Washington communities and advocates reiterated their continued opposition to the fracked gas project, and expect to file an immediate appeal.

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Washington Requires New Environmental Study For World’s Largest Proposed Fracked Gas-To-Methanol Refinery

Ecology determined the backers of the project failed to provide complete, adequate information to state regulators, and decided to conduct a new Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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Kalama Methanol Refinery faces new federal court challenge

Today, a coalition of public health and environmental groups challenged federal approvals for Northwest Innovation Works’ massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed for Kalama, Washington.

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Washington Department of Ecology Finds Kalama Methanol Refinery Review Incomplete, Seeks Information on Spurious Carbon Claims

Washington Department of Ecology put a permit decision on hold for a massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, WA.

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Washington State Climate Leaders Must Decide on World’s Largest Fracked Gas-to-Methanol Refinery

Washington state regulators have 30 days to deny or approve the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery.

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Environmental Review Ignores Climate Impact of Proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery

The Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County released their final supplemental environmental impact statement for the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed for Kalama, WA.

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Court of Appeals Upholds Washington’s Rejection of Millennium Coal Export Terminal

The WA Court of Appeals handed the proposed Millennium coal export terminal another defeat.

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Washington Communities Applaud Governor Inslee’s Opposition to Fracked Gas Projects

Washington environmental, public health, and community organizations praised ​Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement opposing continued construction of Puget Sound Energy’s proposed liquefied natural gas plant in Tacoma and Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed fracked gas-to-methanol production facility in Kalama.

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Event to celebrate Washington State taking significant climate action in 2019

Washington State takes significant climate action in 2019! Governor Inslee will be signing legislation, including the strongest clean electricity bill in the nation.

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2019 Washington Legislative Session Sees Historic Environmental Wins

From clean energy to orca protection state marks more progress than any time in the last decade

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Federal court dismisses key claim of coal industry lawsuit against state of Washington

Court ruling upholds state’s right to protect clean water

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On Exxon Valdez disaster 30th anniversary, local leaders call on state to protect Washington from major spill

Increased traffic, new types of oil, and less safe ships put local fishing economy, environment, and tribal cultural and treaty rights at risk

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