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 11/21/2019 Order Court issued 60-day order of dismissal. Having been informed by counsel for the parties that the action had been settled, the court dismissed the action with prejudice, with leave, upon good cause shown within 60 days, to have the order of dismissal set aside and the action reinstated if the settlement was not consummated. 11/06/2019 Status Report Download Joint status report filed. A status report filed by the parties indicated that the Department of Energy had produced responsive documents to the plaintiffs, and that they were negotiating a settlement over the plaintiffs' fees. The parties requested two additional weeks to reach a settlement. 10/16/2018 Complaint Download Amended complaint filed. 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.