The Lummis are fearful that shipping millions of tons of coal through northern Washington will have a deleterious impact on their fishing rights and irrevocably damage religious and sacred sites, such as Cherry Point, if the coal should spill.
"The Lummi Indian Council," added [Jewell James, manager of the tribes' sovereignty and treaty protection office], "is very upset that the (Cherry Point) site has been disturbed and that there has been no prosecution of these companies (SSA Marine and Pacific International Terminals). They were aware of the historical significance of the site and yet they bulldozed right through it."
As talk of coal has a tendency to do around these parts, Conklin's post quickly inspired some feedback, including this comment from powerpastcoal, who writes:
Fortunately the Lummi's realize that the vast majority of coal terminals around the planet double in capacity from the initial permitted size within a few years. If the commonplace happens at Cherry Point we could be experiencing 36 additional trains per day instead of the announced 18. Imagine trying to concentrate on Felix at a Mariner game with a coal train honking by every few minutes.