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August 10, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Cherry Point coal terminal faces opposition

Lummi letter is admirable

Witnesses at a Lummi Tribe press conference at Cherry Point in 2012 were asked to stand between the fire and the water as a symbolic check was burned, expressing the tribe's opposition to coal trains and development at these ancestral grounds. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

Witnesses at a Lummi Tribe press conference at Cherry Point in 2012 were asked to stand between the fire and the water as a symbolic check was burned, expressing the tribe’s opposition to coal trains and development at these ancestral grounds. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

The Lummi’s July 30 letter to the Army Corps of Engineers voicing their “unconditional and unequivocal” opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point is significant and laudable. [“State plans sweeping review of coal port,” page one, Aug. 1.]

The tribe’s opposition has a strong legal basis to stop the project because of its likely interference with treaty-guaranteed fishing rights.

This legal case is separate from the Environmental Impact Statement process. Though independent of each other, the two processes may impact one another. An Army Corps official recently stated the Lummi position might influence the agency to stop processing the Gateway Pacific Terminal permit. Historically, the ArmyCorps has refused to process permits on projects that tribes said violate treaties.

The Lummi’s stance not only protects their fishing rights and economy, but ours as well. Their action demonstrates stewardship to preserve the “way of life” in which “everything is connected,” in and around the Salish Sea.

It is with humility and gratitude that I applaud their leadership in defending present and future generations against potential global harm by coal.

With the Lummi’s courageous lead, it is our turn to do our part. Let’s urge authorities and jurisdictions to give the Lummi Nation the support they deserve.

Chom Greacen, Lopez Island

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