Why Are We Being Ignored?
Apr 24, 2019 —
17 Washington State Tribes, national Indigenous leaders, dozens of environmental, health, and civic organizations, and all of you 67,500+ petition signers are very clear in our stand with the Puyallup Tribe and citizens of Tacoma: No Fracked Gas LNG in the Salish Sea!
So why are we being ignored?
We don't think they can ignore All of Us and the State Attorney General.
Remember when the Attorney General called the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement "Fictional"? Now the AG is requesting the City of Tacoma honor the Puyallup Tribe's and citizens' demand for an SEIS to address the many changes to the project and serious health and safety issues. Read the Attorney General's latest letter to the City of Tacoma Mayor Woodards and Council Members, below.
We are Strong, We are United, and We are Determined that there will be No Fracked Gas LNG in the Salish Sea! Stay tuned for ways to support upcoming actions. YEHOW!
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF WASHINGTON
Counsel for Environmental Protection
800 Fifth Avenue STE 2000 • Seattle WA 98104 • (206) 464-7744
April 15, 2019
Honorable Victoria Woodards, Mayor, Honorable Chris Beale, Councilmember, Honorable Keith Blocker, Councilmember Honorable Lillian Hunter, Councilmember Honorable Anders Ibsen, Councilmember Honorable Conor McCarthy, Councilmember Honorable Ryan Mello, Councilmember Honorable Robert Thoms, Councilmember Honorable Catherine Ushka, Councilmember
RE: Port of Tacoma Puget Sound Energy Liquid Natural Gas Facility
Dear Mayor and Councilmembers,
I write concerning the Puget Sound Energy Liquid Natural Gas facility currently under construction at the Port of Tacoma. My office has been contacted by the governing body of the sovereign Puyallup Tribe of Indians as well as community organizations and environmental groups with concerns about the adequacy of environmental reviews and permit compliance of the facility.
As you are aware, the City is the lead agency for State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) reviews for the facility, and therefore is responsible for accurately and thoroughly assessing its environmental impact, in conjunction with the many City permits associated with the project. The Tribe and community members who have contacted my office have expressed concern that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and issued permits relied on development plans that differ from the as-built status of the facility and used operating assumptions and accident scenarios that should be updated with more recently available science.
Although the ordinary procedure for challenging an EIS would be to, first, submit comments on a draft and, later, appeal the final EIS, the Tribe and community members point out that their concerns could not be raised in the usual manner because they arise from post-EIS construction and scientific analysis, together with newly available information about the intended operations of the facility. Moreover, although out-of-date permit assumptions might be addressed in the future through a permit violation claim, that would require waiting for the facility to begin operations, rather than correcting the assumptions to prevent a permit violation in the first place.
Although the City's SEPA review process has concluded and permits have been issued, these issues could not have been addressed in the prior review. Consequently, I encourage the City to consider the full range of options for evaluating and responding to the concerns raised, and endeavor to address them.
William R. Sherman
Assistant Attorney General
Counsel for Environmental Protection Unit
(206) 464-7744 wrs/trk
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