Letter to the Editor: No Kalama refinery

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Dear editor,
Governor Jay Inslee, preventing construction of the largest oil terminal in North America last year was only the beginning. Another fracked gas project is threatening the Interstate 5 corridor.
Northwest Innovation Works would like to build the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, which would stand to become Washington’s largest climate polluter by 2025. It would increase the state’s contribution to global warming by almost 10 percent. This is a huge step backward in our fight to prevent climate change. The refinery would also put the entire city of Kalama at risk for both environmental and public safety concerns. Where there to be an explosion, the entire town of Kalama would be destroyed. Kalama sits along the Columbia River, meaning 9.4 million gallon tanks of volatile methanol stored on dredged sand – a major disaster if the region experienced an earthquake.
Governor Inslee – allowing this refinery to be built would be a devastating blow to those who fight to combat climate change. Please continue to oppose such projects and prevent this Kalama methanol refinery.

Christina A. Ramsey
Olympia, WA

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