Puget Sound Energy : STOP Pushing Fracked Gas
Last night, Indigenous leaders and kayaktivists held a twilight prayer vigil urging Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) CEO to keep the dangerous Tacoma LNG facility from operating.
Resistance to Puget Sound Energy’s Liquefied Natural Gas facility took to the water in prayer and held a twilight vigil in front of the home of PSE’s CEO, Mary Kipp on South Lake Union. The vigil included globe and salmon lanterns, native flute music by Paul Chiyokten Wagner, founder of Protectors of the Salish Sea, and prayers for CEO Kipp to help PSE off the path of environmental racism often connected to fossil fuel operations, and pervasive so far in the LNG permitting process.
This vigil happened in solidarity with Puyallup Water Warriors who have been in prayer on their ancetral lands across from the facility on their Tideflats. “The Puyallup Tribe is currently fighting Puget Sound Energy in court while our inherent rights are in great danger if this facility is allowed to be operational. We have to figure out ways to clean up and restore the water around the bay, suffering from a great number of Superfund sites already,” said Dakota Case, Puyallup, on behalf of the Water Warriors. “We have asked numerous times that PSE stop construction and put more thought into the repercussions of this facility being so close to civilization, and a seventeen mile radius of pollution.”
Legal arguments to invalidate the facility’s permit from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency just wrapped up earlier this week with a decision expected sometime over the next three months. The Washington Attorney General also submitted an amicus brief in support of the Puyallup Tribe’s and EarthJustice’s case against PSE. The Puyallup Tribe have been steadfast in their opposition to the facility and were not meaningfully consulted by any of the permitting agencies.
PSE plans to turn the facility on around May 1st, knowing full well the Puyallup Tribe would still be awaiting the court verdict. The only reason the facility is fully constructed before the legal challenge results from more than two years of unpermitted construction.
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