Activists block gates at PSE LNG site in Tacoma

Almost 200 activists blocked all the gates to the Puget Sound Energy Liquefied Natural Gas construction site in Tacoma this morning. Photo above & below by Elliot Stoller.

Following a series of actions against Puget Sound Energy’s unpermitted LNG site under construction in Tacoma, activists shut down the site through most of the day today until police broke up the action and arrested two tribal members.

Here is a statement from the Nolng253 Facebook page:

Wow — an incredible eight days of fighting against PSE’s LNG facility!

Last Monday, activists climbed a crane to stop construction of the Tacoma LNG facility. On Thursday, activists used tripods to block all three gates to the site. That same day, a Tacoma jury, finding that they couldn’t determine whether the LNG facility is on Puyallup or City of Tacoma-owned land, acquitted two women who locked down to construction equipment.

Then today, almost 200 activists blocked all entrances to the constructions site.
Thank you to Puyallup Tribal Members Public Page, Native Daily Network, Protectors of the Salish Sea, Redefine Tacoma, Tacoma Direct Action, 350 Tacoma, 350 Seattle, and Backbone Campaign for making all of this possible.

Parents, grandmothers and other concerned citizens used chains to lock themselves together and to the gates of the construction site. Work was halted until the early afternoon, when they police moved in and arrested two tribal members.

Despite the vocal and legal opposition of the Puyallup Nation, Puget Sound Energy is trying to build this facility anyway. Despite not having proper permits, Puget Sound Energy is trying to build this facility anyway. If PSE succeeds, the air, water and salmon of the Puyallup Nation will be polluted. The 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty will have been violated. The voices of Indigenous people will have been ignored and pushed aside. As they have been for centuries.

But for as long as PSE tries to force through this project, we will oppose it with everything we have. For as long as PSE tries to push aside the concerns of the Puyallup, we will stand with the Puyallup.

Why the surge in activism opposing this site? Here are a few reasons:

  • It is being built without the consent of the Puyallup, whose waters, salmon and air it threatens and treaty fishing rights it violates.
  • If there was an accident at the facility, an explosion would have a 3.5 mile blast-zone range, destroying surrounding communities.
  • The project will lock-in gas use for decades to come
  • Recent studies indicate that fracked gas is as bad as coal in its climate impacts

If you are interested in joining this opposition, please sign this petition.

“This is our way of life…the mountain, the salmon swimming upstream, the water, our creation stories come from this mountain,” said Carolyn DeFord, Puyallup Nation. “We’re here to protect the water, our salmon relatives, our sea creatures, all of them.”

Locked down. Bottom photos courtesy of Nolng253.

 

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