KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
LUMMI, Wash. – Opposition from the Lummi Tribe could prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from approving a permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point.
Lummi Nation Natural Resources Director Merle Jefferson says the tribe is sending a formal letter to the corps that spells out their opposition to the project based on treaty rights.
Muffy Walker with the Corps of Engineers says they haven’t yet received any letter from the tribe, so at this time they are moving forward with the review process.
In the past the corps has refused to process permits on projects that tribes said would violate their treaties.
The company planning the terminal, SSA Marine, says it will continue to work with the Lummi Tribe to resolve concern about fishing rights and burial grounds.
The project is one of three in the northwest proposed to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia.