Enough is enough! Stand with the Lummi against big coal
March 19, 2015

It is long past time for the proposed-largest in North America- coal export proposal to be denied.

As you know, the Lummi Nation began the New Year by formally requesting that the US Army Corps of Engineers deny a permit to build the coal export terminal in Whatcom County, because the impacts to tribal fishing cannot be mitigated.  To approve the permit, the Tribe argues, would be a violation of their treaty rightsPlease stand up to Big Coal and support the Lummi Nation today.

The Army Corps of Engineers asked the Lummi Nation for more information, to which the Lummi Nation replied earlier this month and asked for the Army Corps to “take immediate action and deny the (Gateway Pacific Terminal) permit application based ... on the project’s adverse impact on the treaty (fishing) rights of the Lummi Nation.”

In a statement accompanying the latest letter, Lummi Chairman Tim Ballew said the Corps should be in a position to act swiftly to deny the coal terminal.

Please take a moment to write to your Senators and your Member of Congress, requesting that they write a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers leadership and make certain that they uphold the Lummi Nation’s treaty rights to fish the waters of the Salish Sea  — and take appropriate actions to “act swiftly to deny the coal terminal” and end the project.

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Joëlle Robinson

Field Director, Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.

Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.

She is a board member of Earth Ministry and on the Advisory Board for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. She previously served on the Solar Washington board and Sierra Club Executive Committee.

Joëlle is a Northwest native who loves to hike, bike, dance, paraglide, and travel. Her favorite quote is “Hope is borne of participating in hopeful solutions.” — Marianne Williamson.