From Kevin Jones
NW Climate and Clean Energy Coalition co-lead
Background: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) has provided preliminary approval for the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facility. A public disclosure request has revealed that NW Pierce county, portions of SW King county and most of Vashon Island is in the blast zone, should the tank rupture and catch fire.
Moreover, the Environmental Impact Statement actually concludes that use of LNG for shipping, the primary use of this facility, is actually worse for the environment than doing nothing.
Salish Sea Protection – Lobby Day 2018
A day of action to protect The Salish Sea! Join Protectors of the Salish Sea and Students for the Salish Sea in a day of constituent conversations with decision makers about key issues threatening our Salish Sea and what it will take to let this beautiful region return to health. This session we are advocating:
- Orca Whale protection policies
- Against the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline
- An immediate halt to work at the LNG facility being illegally constructed on Puyallup tidal flats until a proper EIS has been conducted
- An immediate lease phase-out on all invasive Atlantic Salmon net-pens
- Freeing the Snake River from the four lower dams
- Respect forTreaties signed with Coast Salish Tribal Nations!
What: Salish Sea Protection – Lobby Day 2018
Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018
Carpool info: www.groupcarpool.com/t/5ups9x
Let’s create a healthier Salish Sea together!
* S C H E D U L E *
8:30-10: Indigenous prayer with Protectors for the Salish Sea and briefing on Indigenous solidarity issues; followed by a briefing on up-to-date policy priorities list.
— During this portion each participant will receive a name tag, an itinerary for constituent meetings and folder with specific policy information —-
12:00 Students for the Salish Sea Kinder Morgan petition delivery to Jay Inslee!
10-4:15, meetings with Senators and Representatives!
If you register here we’ll schedule meetings with your representatives:
**Please let us know if this cost poses a barrier to you and we will do our best to accommodate.**
We’d like to arrange childcare for anyone coming with kids. Message us if this is your circumstance ♥
OCA members participate in the Lock-Down demonstration at the Port of Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas terminal construction site on December 18, 2017.
By OCA member Michael Clemens
On Sunday the 17th and Monday the 18th, the Puyallup Tribe sponsored a protest of the unpermitted LNG terminal in the Port of Tacoma. 350.org and many other groups were present to support the demonstration. Three activists from the North Olympic Peninsula car-pooled to Tacoma in support: Ed Chadd, Debra Ellers and myself, all three of us clad in orca suits and representing the North Olympic Orca Pod that Debra organizes. (They are still recruiting more pod members—see the NOOP Facebook page for more information.)
Arriving at the Tribal Youth Center Sunday evening, we were welcomed and fed, then briefed on the next day’s action. Accommodation was made for sleeping and we all got as much rest as you can before a big action! Monday morning we arrived at the LNG terminal before dawn to find every gate into the fenced construction site blocked, and the street leading to the main entrance made impassable by the demonstrators. Because it was a work day, some folks had to leave early. However, other arrivals filled the ranks and there was a continuous presence of at least 200 demonstrators. All sides in this action–demonstrators, police and workers–were civil with each other. As one tribal member put it, “We kicked butt today!”
On a personal level, I found a new appreciation for the spirit, commitment and bravery of our indigenous brothers and sisters in arms. Their straight talk about sustainability and care for the Earth is heartening. I am especially impressed with the spirit that comes through their songs, and I would recommend participation in future events to anyone who wants to do some good for the planet and for their own souls as well.
On the morning of Monday, December 18, Water Protectors and community members gathered outside the Tacoma LNG facility to show opposition to Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) disregard for treaty rights and the health and safety of our communities and planet.
A contingent from North Olympic Peninsula representing OCA and the North Olympic Orca Pod were out there at the gates. Here are a few views from that day; peace prevailed, the workers went home, and the Puyallup Tribe’s treaty rights were asserted, backed by 200 supporters out in the street.
Our gratitude to these stouthearted protectors of the water.
For more info on this resistance:
On the morning of Monday, December 18, water protectors and community members will gather outside the Tacoma LNG facility to show opposition to Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) disregard for treaty rights and the health and safety of our communities and planet: https://www.facebook.com/events/766578836862331/
Let’s send a delegation from the Olympic Peninsula! RSVP HERE so we can organize carpooling. We are being asked to arrive in Tacoma the night before by 7 p.m., at the Puyallup Tribal Youth Center, 5803 N Levee Rd E, Tacoma, WA 98424. They’ll provide housing for us out-of-towners–bring your sleeping pad and bag.
Here’s a short video describing the opposition to this facility: https://www.facebook.com/NativeDailyNetwork/videos/696282730564422/