LONGVIEW, Wash. — The Port of Kalama has announced that it plans to conduct an additional environmental review of a proposed methanol plant.

The Daily News reports the review announced Wednesday will include every stage of natural gas and methanol production — from natural gas extraction to the export of methanol to Asia.

The vast review could help determine whether the $1.8 billion project gets the go-ahead by state regulators.

The analysis is part of a supplemental environmental impact statement in response to a September ruling by the state’s shoreline hearings board that reversed two key permits.

In the ruling, the board sided with environmental groups, concluding that the project’s original environmental impact statement didn’t adequately assess greenhouse gas emissions.

As a co-lead on the environmental review process, the county’s building and planning department is appealing the board’s decision in Cowlitz County Superior Court.


Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com