Stand with the Puyallup Tribe: Demand the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency deny to permit for the Tacoma LNG Project

Pictured: Citizens of the Puyallup Tribal Nation look at Tacoma LNG construction.(Photo: The Indigenous Environmental Network)

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The Puyallup Tribal Nation was never consulted about the dangerous project that will no doubt have a devastating effect on their land, economy, and culture

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The Indigenous Environmental Network

The last hurdle for the Tacoma Liquified Gas (LNG) project is a permit from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA), a regional government agency charged with limiting pollution in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. The LNG project is designed to deliver fracked gas through Tacoma to an industrial facility situated between the Blair and Hylebos Waterways. There the gas will be super-cooled and pressurized into a liquid state, known as LNG which will be used as fuel.

The LNG facility is under construction on the ancestral homeland of the Puyallup Tribal Nation.  

The Puyallup Tribal Nation was never consulted about the dangerous project that will no doubt have a devastating effect on their land, economy, and culture. As we have seen so many times with other projects, the governmental agencies in charge of the oversight of the Tacoma LNG left tribal communities out of the conversation and have ignored their concerns.  

The Puyallup Tribe is one of 18 tribal nations in Washington opposing the project, these nations are joined by 18 human and civil rights groups, in addition to dozens of local and statewide environmental organizations. 

An LNG facility in an urban area like Tacoma is an uncommon practice for the industry because it is known to be risky. Local advocates opposing the project have pointed out that the company hid safety studies from the public and regulators until key approval deadlines had passed. 

In July, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency released a preliminary determination to issue permits for Tacoma LNG. The determination was widely criticized by opponents for using outdated assumptions and flawed science. This final permit, known as the Notice of Construction Application, will be decided in early September.  

Please submit a comment by September 9th demanding the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency deny the final permits for the Tacoma LNG.

ONLINE:

news.puyalluptribe.com/lng

VIA EMAIL:

Ralph Munoz

PublicComment@pscleanair.org

VIA MAIL:

Ralph Munoz

1904 Third Avenue, Suite 105

Seattle, WA 98101

Comment suggestions:

Tell the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) that the Tacoma Liquified Gas project permit should be denied: 

  • The Puyallup Tribal Nation was never consulted about this project, which runs counter to federal Indian policy. There was no consideration about how this project will impact or affect the tribe’s health, sustainability, jurisdiction, treaty and hunting fishing rights.
  • This project violates the treaty rights of the Puyallup Tribal nation and other tribal nations.
  • There was no public health impact assessment conducted for this project. The risk for pollution and toxic contamination is far too great for local communities.
  • The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) that was submitted for this project was flawed and used outdated science to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions. 

Established in 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. The Indigenous Environmental Network’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

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