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Washington Indian Tribe Formally Opposes Coal Export Terminal


Lummi nation fisherman and tribal council member Jeremiah "Jay" Julius (L) and an unidentified colleague harvest crab in Puget Sound off the shore of Cherry Point . Their tribe formally opposed a coal export terminal proposed for nearby.

Lummi nation fisherman and tribal council member Jeremiah "Jay" Julius (L) and an unidentified colleague harvest crab in Puget Sound off the shore of Cherry Point . Their tribe formally opposed a coal export terminal proposed for nearby.

Katie Campbell

Western Washington’s Lummi Nation submitted a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers Friday formalizing its opposition to what would be the Northwest’s largest coal export terminal.

The tribe’s lands abut the proposed site for the Gateway Pacific Terminal, north of Bellingham, Wash.

The Army Corps says that the move could force them to “reassess the direction they are going”.

Permits have been denied in the past based on tribal concerns over impacts to treaty fishing rights.

SSA Marine the company who would build the terminal — told the Bellingham Herald that it is “committed to addressing Lummi concerns in detail”.

Here is a video portrait of Lummi Tribal Council member Jeremiah “Jay” Julius. KUOW’s Ashley Ahearn and KCTS9’s Katie Campbell interviewed him for the series “Voices of Coal” from EarthFix.

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