Common Dreams, October 12, 2012
By Common Dreams Staff
In a protest this week, fishermen from the local Lummi tribe lined up their boats in unified opposition of a plan to build six coal export terminals along the Pacific Northwest coast, opening up inland coal to Asian markets.
Environmental groups and “green-minded politicians” have already come out against the project. This spring, hundreds of anti-coal activists were joined by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and energy experts at a rally in Portland, Oregon rally protesting the ‘invasion’ of the Pacific Northwest.
In the past few weeks, local tribes have been joining this movement and bringing historic clout and legislative power with them. Citing injury to fishing rights and religious and sacred sites, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission released a statement saying, “tribal communities are expressing grave concern about the health and safety impacts from environmental dangers of coal dust”.