Puyallup Tribe tells agency to deny Tacoma LNG Permit
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians today voiced strong opposition to Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) project during a public comment hearing held by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA).
“The agency’s failure to engage the Tribe in meaningful consultation is an insult to our rights and a threat to the entire community,” Chairman David Bean said in prepared remarks. “We call on community members to stand with us by submitting comments to PSCAA asking for the Agency to deny the construction permit for Tacoma LNG.”
The Tribe has long called for the permit to be denied because PSCAA and other government agencies failed to consult with the Tribe about the project, which is sited on the Tribe’s ancestral homeland.
The hearing at the Rialto Theater was attended by hundreds of community members. Among the organizations supporting the Puyallup Tribe were the Puyallup Water Warriors, 350 Seattle, 350 Tacoma, Native Daily Network, Power Past Fracked Gas, Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Washington Environmental Council, Redefine Tacoma, Advocates for a Cleaner Tacoma, Vashon Climate Action, The Conversation, Columbia Riverkeeper, Stand.earth, and Earth Ministry.
Puyallup supporters marched from Don Pugnetti Park to a rally outside of the theater in advance of the hearing.
About the Puyallup Tribe of Indians
The Puyallup People have lived along the shores of what is now called Puget Sound for thousands of years. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is a sovereign nation of more than 5,000 members and one of the largest employers in Pierce County. It serves its people and neighbors with generosity and is committed to building a sustainable way of life for future generations.
About the Puyallup Tribal Council
The Puyallup Tribal Council is the elected governing body of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The council consists of Chairman David Z. Bean, Vice Chairman Bill Sterud, Sylvia Miller, Tim Reynon, Annette Bryan, James Rideout and Anna Bean.