Suquamish Tribe to receive $1.1M for 2003 oil spill

The Suquamish Tribe of Washington received $1.1 million for an oil spill in late 2003 that damaged sacred and important beachfront lands.

Foss Maritime agreed to pay for spilling nearly 5,000 gallons of oil in Puget Sound. The oil damaged 400 acres of prime tribal beachland, including a fishery and clam bed.

"It was just painful, to know that you have a place that is part of you, part of your childhood, part of your heritage, to see it black and oiled. It was painful and frightening," Chairman Leonard Forsman said, The Seattle Times reported.

The tribe will use the money to help fund a $20 million reservation revitalization project. "There is a sense of relief that we avoided litigation," Forsman said, The Kitsap Sun reported.

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Tribe gets $1.1 million for '03 oil spill (The Seattle Times 2/27)
Tribe Paid $1.1 Million in Settlement Over Oil Spill (The Kitsap Sun 2/27)

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