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Letters: Dubious gain

The "Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement" regarding the proposed Kalama methanol refinery has been released and I don’t find it very convincing.

I am stunned that the authors of this report would expect me to believe that fracturing the earth, pulling out methane, piping it across the continent, converting it to methanol, and shipping it to China will result in a decrease in carbon emissions as opposed to leaving it in the ground. They expect me to believe that none of this methanol will be burned as fuel once it reaches China. They expect me to believe that this methanol will supplant coal in the production of plastics even while Millennium attempts to get approval for a large coal export facility in Longview to export coal to "Asian markets". I do believe that numbers and statistics can be slanted to “prove” just about anything, often defying logic.

It seems to me that we would be risking safety, security, and a clean environment for some dubious financial gain.

Dennis Colombo


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