Lummi Nation speaking out against Cherry Point terminal

Lummi Nation leaders are holding a community meeting at Cherry Point to speak about their opposition to the proposed Gateway Pacific coal and bulk commodities terminal.

The event takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, in the Cherry Point area.

The terminal project, which is proposed by SSA Marine of Seattle, is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment. SSA Marine wants to build a facility at Cherry Point to ship millions of tons of coal to Asian markets, along with smaller amounts of other commodities including potash and grain.

In a press release, Lummi Nation chairman Clifford Cultee and the Nation’s hereditary chief Tsilixw (Bill James) said they have a duty to their ancestors, elders and future generations to protect and preserve the Cherry Point area.

Known to the Lummi people by its ancestral name, Xwe’chi’eXen, Cherry Point is a region with deep cultural and spiritual significance—the Lummi Nation has held longtime opposition to development in the area.

Directions to the meeting

Head north on I-5 to Slater Road
West on Slater Road to Lake Terrell Road
Right on Lake Terrell Road to Mountain View Road
Follow “Y”  to the right onto Rainbow Road
Go straight as it turns into Henry Road
Left on Gulf Road/Powder Plant Road
Go to where the road meets the water and park

More on the Gateway Pacific Terminal 

Job Claims: Backers of proposed coal terminal say local employment would surge

New report says rail upgrades for proposed Cherry Point terminal could restrict Bellingham waterfront access

Train, or Pain?: As Cherry Point plans move forward, critics question impact on local rural lands

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