Urban Waters methanol plant discussion series

Explore the science underlying a proposed gas-to-methanol production plant in Tacoma.

The Center for Urban Waters is hosting a four-part discussion series on the proposed methanol production plant and export facility in Tacoma. Invited speakers will lead a series of informed conversations that are intended to provide a common understanding of the technical and scientific aspects of this complex project.

Science Director and UW Tacoma Professor Joel Baker hopes that concerned citizens attending these events or viewing the videos "will walk away with contextual information needed to think critically about the varied environmental, natural resource, economic, and political impacts of this proposed project.  There are nuanced local, regional, and global issues at play."

Events are funded in part by UW Tacoma Arts and Lectures.

Dates and topics

This event series will proceed as planned and is not affected by the pause in the SEPA scoping process.

Events will be held in the Carwein Auditorium (KEY 102) on the UW Tacoma campus.

We need your help! What do you want to know about this project? Citizens for a Healthy Bay is soliciting your questions in advance of each event.  Send questions via:

Date Topic/Speakers Archive
Event session details
Thursday
2/11/16
6-7:45pm
(KEY 102)

Framing the issues: Local to global perspectives

MC: Joel Baker, UW Tacoma

Moderator: Melissa Malott, Citizens for a Healthy Bay

Speakers: Jason Jordan, Port of Tacoma; Tony Warfield, Port of Tacoma; Joel Baker, UW Tacoma

Thursday
2/25/16
6-7:45pm
(KEY 102)

Potential impacts on regional water and power supplies

MC: Joel Baker, UW Tacoma

Moderator: Melissa Malott, Citizens for a Healthy Bay

Speakers: Robert Mack, Tacoma Public Utilities; Eric de Place, Sightline Institute; Dan Kirchner, NW Gas Association

Thursday
3/3/16
6-7:45pm
(KEY 102)

Potential implications for the local environment

MC: Joel Baker, UW Tacoma

Moderator: Melissa Malott, Citizens for a Healthy Bay
Speakers: Sheri Tonn, Pacific Lutheran Univ.; Ed Kolodziej, UW; Joe Casola, UW Climate Impacts Group

Thursday
3/10/16
6-7:45pm
(KEY 102)

Developing a common understanding to refine the discussion

MC: Joel Baker, UW Tacoma

Moderator: Melissa Malott, Citizens for a Healthy Bay

Speakers: Robin Evans-Agnew, UW Tacoma; Dean Burke, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission; Hayley Mathews, UW Tacoma student; Jean Jensen, UW Tacoma student

Registration

Sessions are free and open to the public. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (see links in table above).

Doors open at 5:30pm. You must be preregistered to gain entry and photo ID will be required at the door.  Walk-ins will be allowed if space is available. Due to space constraints, no large bags/backpacks allowed.

Format notes

  • Presentations will focus on providing scientific answers to issues already raised by the local community.
  • Invited speakers and panelists will present to the audience.
  • These are not public hearings.  There may be opportunities for live audience participation but most questions are solicited in advance.
  • These sessions are not part of the SEPA scoping or review process.
    • Sessions will be recorded and video made available here.
    Posted by: 
    Kris Symer / January 20, 2016
    Media contact: 

    Joel Baker, Ph.D. Science Director, Center for Urban Waters urbanh2o@uw.edu