Description: Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking disclosure of documents related to proposed methanol refinery.
Columbia Riverkeeper v. U.S. Department of Energy
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/22/2018 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Columbia Riverkeeper Brought FOIA Lawsuit Seeking Department of Energy Documents Regarding Proposed Methanol Refinery. Columbia Riverkeeper filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the U.S. Department of the Energy (DOE) in the federal district court for Oregon seeking to compel production of records related to “greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and federal financial assistance for a petrochemical manufacturing and export facility called the Kalama methanol refinery.” The plaintiff alleged that the refinery “would be among the worst causes of greenhouse gas pollution in Washington State.” The FOIA request sought communications between DOE and the company that proposed the refinery.