PUD Commissioner McClure’s past actions aided the quest for a coal terminal at Cherry Point

Still frame from a video of the September 23, 2020, virtual candidate forum for Whatcom County Public Utility District No. 1 that includes images of (top left) forum moderator Tanya Baumgart, (bottom left) PUD incumbent candidate for commissioner, Jeffrey McClure, and (bottom right) PUD commissioner candidate Christine Grant. Click the graphic to access the video

September 2, 2020 Sandy Robson

Back in 2010, Jeffrey McClure, who is currently an incumbent candidate for commissioner for Whatcom County Public Utility District No. 1, signed onto a June 15, 2010, letter to then-Department of Natural Resources Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark, urging him to remove what the letter described as “inherent conflicts” in the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ draft of its Cherry Point Environmental Aquatic Reserve Management Plan

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Kwel Hoy’! Army Corps denies shoreline permit for Cherry Point / Cascadia Weekly, Tim Johnson and Bob Simmons

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Tim Johnson and Bob Simmons

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. […] Continue reading

Time to Tell Senators to Say NO to Amendment 13 Limiting Treaty Rights / Facebook post, Sj Robson

roll call vote6 mins  December 3, 2015  Sandy Robson ACTION

Politicians working on behalf of SSA Marine/Pacific International Terminals’ Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal (GPT) and coal industry interests, have managed to propose an amendment (#13) which would prohibit the denial of a permit for the construction, operation, or maintenance of an export facility until all reviews required under NEPA are complete. Continue reading

SSA Marine/PIT/GPT’s latest “News Release” warrants a “Cautionary Note” / Facebook post, Sj Robson

GPT news alert.jpgYesterday at 10:04am November 21, 2015  Sandy Robson

When reading a propaganda piece such as the November 17, 2015 “News Alert” shown in the photo from SSA Marine/Pacific International Terminals/Gateway Pacific Terminal, it’s important to remember that the Lummi Nation is continuing to proceed through the proper channels to address their Nation’s treaty rights; government to government with the U.S. federal government, in this case being the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Continue reading

Ballew to Daines: ‘That day is no more’ / Coal Stop, Sandy Robson

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Coal train near Coal Strip power plants in Colstrip, Montana. Photo by Nick Mullins, summer 2015

August 15, 2015  Sandy Robson

United States Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is on a mission. His mission is to do whatever it takes to get the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT), a 48 million metric-ton-per-year coal export terminal, permitted and built. The GPT project is proposed in Whatcom County, Washington, and would be sited at Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point), along the shoreline, which is part of the Lummi Nation’s traditional fishing area. The company proposing GPT is Pacific International Terminals (PIT), a subsidiary created for the project by SSA Marine. Continue reading