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Swinomish Tribe Joins Opposition to Canadian Oil Pipeline

Skagit County, Washington

Skagit Valley Herald staff | Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:00 am

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline project, it announced Thursday.

The tribe said it will oppose the project before Canada’s National Energy Board, along with the Tulalip Tribes, Lummi Nation, Suquamish Tribe and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Canada.

“Over the last 100 years, our most sacred site, the Salish Sea, has been deeply impacted by our pollution-based economy,” said Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby in a prepared statement. “Every kind of pollution ends up in the Salish Sea. We have decided no more and we are stepping forward. It is up to this generation and future generations to restore and protect the precious waters of the Salish Sea.”

Unknown       Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby

Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline would bring tar sand oils from Alberta to Vancouver, B.C. It was expanded in 2008, and in January 2013 the company signed contracts with 13 commercial customers to increase the scope of the project, according to Kinder Morgan’s website.

The company filed an application for the expansion in December. If accepted, the pipeline could be in use by late 2017.

The expansion would increase the oil transported from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000, according to EarthJustice.org.

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