AUGUST 7, 2015


Gov. Inslee: Methanol plants boost ‘our clean energy future’

By Marissa Luck, August 7, 2015, The Daily News

Northwest Innovation Works’ bid to build a $1.8 billion methanol plant at Port of Kalama is humming along: financing is secured; a draft environmental impact statement is expected in the fall; and the company announced Thursday it will be using a new technology that will drastically shrink the plant’s environmental footprint.

The Chinese-backed company plans to build three methanol plants in Kalama, Port of Tacoma and Port Westward in Clatskanie for a total investment of $5.4 billion. Each facility is expected to generate 1,000 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs, according to NW Innovation Works.

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Port releases new oil terminal lease details

By Eric Florip, August 6, 2015, The Columbian

A mostly unredacted lease released for the first time Thursday reveals new details about an agreement to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

The document, released by the port as part of a legal settlement, discloses several pieces of information that had previously been hidden from public view.

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Homeland Security awards Port of Kalama $394,200 grant

August 7, 2015, The Daily News

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Port of Kalama a $394,200 grant to improve security at its north marine terminal.

The grant will allow the port to add video surveillance cameras, increase lighting and install new fencing and automated gates, according to a port press release.

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