Northwest tribes ask Gov. to halt Tacoma plant construction

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Puyallup Tribe and leaders from 14 other Northwest Tribes have called on Gov. Jay Inslee to stop the construction of Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas plant on Tacoma’s Tideflats until an environmental review is complete “and all permit requirements are satisfied.”

The News Tribune reported Friday the letter reiterated that there was no consultation with the Puyallup Tribe when planning for the plant was underway.

Last week, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency called for additional environmental review of the proposed plant before it can get a required air permit.

That review is expected to take several months and will look at greenhouse-gas emissions that are created throughout the entire life cycle of the project.

Puget Sound Energy officials have repeatedly said liquefied natural gas is a much cleaner-burning fuel than the bunker fuel that ships have historically run on.