On the morning of Monday, December, 18th, hundreds of water warriors, water protectors, and community members joined together to show strong opposition to PSE's blatant disregard for treaty rights and the health and safety of the community and the planet. #NoLNG
The Monday morning action was the culmination of an incredible eight days of fighting against PSE's LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) facility!
PSE is illegally building this facility without all its permits and with massive opposition from the Puyallup tribe and community members.
The eight days of action began Monday as 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.
Gratitude to Puyallup Tribe, Native Daily Network, Protectors of the Salish Sea, Redefine Tacoma, Tacoma Direct Action, 350 Tacoma, 350 Seattle, Backbone Campaign and so many more 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 and despite not having proper permits, Puget Sound Energy is trying to build this LNG 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 join in solidarity with the Puyallup.
We hope that you will join us. To start, please join 44,000 others in signing this petition:
#StandWithThePuyallup #NoLNG #NoLNG253
For more photos from the Block The Gates action check out the Flickr album HERE
Kiro 7 and Komo News covered the actions.