Northwest tribes take a stand against oil terminal in Washington

Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy speaks at a press conference in Mosier, Oregon, on June 9, 2016, after a train carrying crude oil derailed and leaked into the Columbia River. Photo by Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission / Facebook

Tribes in the Pacific Northwest are joining the fight against a proposed oil terminal in Washington.

The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is opening a five-week hearing into the proposed Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy terminal on Monday. The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Yakama Nation will argue that the project interferes with tribal treaty rights and that an oil spill would devastating impacts on salmon and other natural resources, the Associated Press reported.

The two tribes and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission are among the many groups that have sought intervenor status in the state proceedings. The final decision on the project rests with Gov. Jay Inslee (D), according to the AP.

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