Washington Governor Jay Inslee and his wife flew into Dallesport yesterday and then split up. Trudy Inslee was taken to Goldendale where she visited Klickitat Valley Health hospital and the Goldendale observatory. The governor was driven to the H.W. Hill Roosevelt landfill where he took part in a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies for the new natural gas plant taking methane generated by the contents of the landfill and turning it into usable natural gas vehicle fuel. In his address to the crowd, Inslee put it this way:
The new plant employs a dozen fulltime PUD jobs and produces 11 and a half million cubic feet of landfill gas per day that can be processed. When the gas comes off the landfill it is 58 percent methane. After processing, that figure jumps to 98 percent. That amount of landfill gas is equivalent to 18 million gallons of gasoline a year. The PUD has a 15-year contract for the gas, which is shipped through the Williams Northwest Pipeline. The first five years are at a fixed price and will pay back the cost of building the project and cover operating and maintenance expenses. Years six through 15 will be at market prices with all debt on the facility retired.
And Gov. Inslee had a nice surprise for one of participants:
Klickitat PUD worked with nearly 100 companies to put together a project that is one of the largest and most efficient renewable natural gas facilities in the world.
While the Governor was in Roosevelt, Washington’s First Lady Trudy Inslee was at the Goldendale Family Practice Clinic to dedicate a program for Women of childbirth age called upstream. Mrs. Inslee said the program is designed to reduce unplanned pregnancies by providing information about a full range of contraceptive services. Goldendale Family Practice Provider Annie Stone told Gorge Country Media’s Julian Notestine the added information helps empower women.