And in Bellevue, Washington, environmental activists joined members of the Puyallup Tribe Monday as they erected a replica of a traditional longhouse at the main entrance of Puget Sound Energy’s headquarters, in a protest against the company’s construction of a liquefied natural gas facility on Puget Sound. A pair of protesters locked themselves to the structure in an attempt to blockade the building. The activists say PSE has nearly completed construction of its $300 million gas plant, even though it hasn’t acquired all the necessary permits. The site is directly adjacent to the Puyallup Tribe’s reservation, and residents say an LNG plant would threaten the safety of their community and would contribute to air pollution and climate change. Among the protesters were Benita Moore and her son Marshall Stafford. Both are Standing Rock Sioux tribal members who grew up in Washington state.
Benita Moore: “Even though the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency gave them a notice of violation for building without permits, they finished the project. I mean, it’s almost finished. So now we’re like, 'No, it's not going to happen.’”
Marshall Stafford: “They are breaking treaty rights, the Medicine Creek Treaty. They’re breaking the Medicine Creek Treaty. They are polluting our waters. And I’m here for my child. My daughter is Maria, the little girl that’s out here running around. And she’s what matters most. I’m doing it for her and her children and her children’s children.”