No Permit? No Problem! Replica longhouse build at PSE

With a pending permit in hand, we and Protectors of the Salish Sea built a small replica longhouse blocking Puget Sound Energy's HQ entrance---to demonstrate how absurd it is that PSE can build an 8,000,000 gallon pressured fracked gas tank in Tacoma without all its permits and against the wishes of the Puyallup tribe and residents of the 3 mile blast zone.Please call Gov. Inslee and ask him to intervene and stop construction: 360-902-4111. #noLNG253 #NoPermitNoConstruction #HonortheTreaties #StandwithPuyallup

Posted by 350 Seattle on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

As Puget Sound Energy continues to build its Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility despite widespread concerns, dozens of us constructed a small longhouse replica and used it to block the main entrance to PSE’s corporate headquarters in Bellevue early Monday morning!

PSE hasn’t consulted with the Puyallup Tribe (the historical owners of the land), and lacks key permits, including one from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which recently ordered that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement be completed before they would consider the permit. Nevertheless, construction continues.

We requested a permit for our structure on Friday, and were awaiting approval from the Bellevue Planning Department. “PSE hasn’t gotten its permits, and they’re continuing to build, so we figured we could do the same,” said Stacy. “The simple fact is, we can no longer allow corporations and politicians to determine what happens with resources that belong to all of us. We’re here to demand a change in the priorities of our energy system.”

Dakota Case of the Puyallup Water Warrior Movement pointed out that the question of rights to the land being built on is also open to interpretation in both cases. “This is how it feels when your consent is taken from you—we’re building without permission on PSE property, just as PSE is doing on our land. But ours is a peaceful symbolic gesture, not a bullying, dangerous, and profit-taking one. We gave the United States permission to be here in the treaties, and we retained rights that would preserve our way of life. We are demanding that PSE honor those treaties. We’re asking PSE to respect our salmon, we’re asking them to respect our mother Earth. This facility does not belong on our land and our water.”

“PSE is at war with the children of the future,” said Paul Cheokten Wagner. “Never see yourself as separate from nature.”

The action also commemorated the 4th anniversary of the gas explosion at the LNG facility near the Columbia River in Plymouth, WA. That explosion forced hundreds to evacuate their homes, injured five workers, and caused $69 million in damages. Residents within a two-mile radius of the facility were evacuated. One reason for widespread local opposition to the LNG facility is that it’s being built in the heart of Tacoma, when international regulatory bodies recommend siting LNG facilities at least 3 miles away from populations.

Over 53,000 people have signed a petition urging Governor Inslee and AG Ferguson to stop construction until all permits, treaty rights, and procedures have been upheld, and 14 tribes have also written Gov. Inslee to urge that he enforce the treaties.

Call Governor Inslee and ask him to issue a stop-work order! (360) 902-4111.

Find out more at www.PSE-LNG.com

And be sure to check out this video, too—Stacy decided to ask some construction workers on their lunch break, what they thought of PSE’s actions….

Real construction workers react to PSE's illegal building

We interviewed some real construction workers in downtown Seattle yesterday, to see if they think what PSE is doing in Tacoma is legal and safe.#NoLNG253 #NoPermitNoConstruction #HonortheTreaties

Posted by 350 Seattle on Monday, April 2, 2018