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November 25, 2019

State deals setback to massive methanol plant

  • Officials in Cowlitz County have supported the $2 billion project, noting it would bring about 1,000 construction jobs and 190 longer-term positions to the region.
  • By GENE JOHNSON
    Associated Press

    SEATTLE — Washington state dealt a setback Friday to efforts to build one of the world's biggest methanol plants on the Columbia River, saying that five years in, its backers had failed to provide enough information about its greenhouse gas emissions and how they would be offset.

    The $2 billion Northwest Innovation Works project would take natural gas from Canada and convert it into methanol, which would be shipped to China to make olefins — compounds used in everything from fabrics and contact lenses to iPhones and medical equipment.


     
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