Kalama Methanol Backers In It 'For The Long Haul'

Oct 11, 2017


The company Northwest Innovation Works is still hopeful that they can bring their $1.8 billion methanol plant to Kalama, Washington.

Last month the project faced a huge setback. Washington’s shorelines hearings board reversed two major permits. The board said the environmental impact statement failed to fully assess the project’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Kent Kaputo is the Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel for Northwest Innovation Works.

“Well it’s definitely moving forward. It not dead,” Kaputo said. “Is this a setback? Maybe. But you’ve got to take it in stride. We’re here for the long haul either way.”

Meanwhile, Cowlitz County and the Port of Kalama have asked the board to reconsider and are seeking clarification on steps forward.

The shorelines hearings board plans to respond before the end of the month.

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