The long, long coal train has come to a halt.
Years ago, Lummi Nation declared Kwel Hoy’!, “We Draw the Line,” and vowed the coal trains would not unload at their fishing grounds and sacred burial site, Xwe’chieXen. They called upon the federal government to honor its treaty to protect those heritage assets.
In a decision of profound impact, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week agreed, and denied Pacific International Terminals’ application to build North America’s largest coal export terminal in the Lummi Nation’s treaty-protected fishing waters off Cherry Point. Unless reviewed and overturned by a court, the decision is a mortal blow to the Gateway Pacific Terminal, a proposed project that has galvanized this corner of the Salish Sea for half a decade. […]