Protesters block LNG gate on tideflats

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UPDATE: The protesters have since come down from their tripods and were not arrested.
Environmental activists blocked all three gates to the site of the proposed Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Puget liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing facility on the Tacoma Tideflats for several hours this morning in an effort to slow construction for the day. The activists were sitting 10′ up in the air, on tripods erected in front of the gates. 
I’m here because based on these facts I’ve been given no other option,”  said Ryan Qualls, a 30- year-old Tlingit nation member and one of three people sitting atop a tripod, according to a press release. “I stand in protection of the water and future generations, in solidarity with the Puyallup tribe and the Tribes affected by the pipeline, and for my 1-year-old daughter.
 
The protest comes three days after two protesters secured themselves to a construction crane and shut down construction for the day before then climbed down following a nine-hour protest. They were immediately arrested and charged with trespassing and obstructing a police officer. That protest came the day the jury trial started for two other protesters, who had chained themselves to a construction auger earlier this year.
Climate activists are concerned that this project will lock the region into “natural” gas use for decades to come, cause environmental damage to the waterway as well as create a risk of industrial disaster.
 
Activists from the #NoLNG253 coalition say that the actions are building momentum toward a new wave of public opposition to this project. Their intent is to slow construction of the plant while the final regulatory processes are underway.  Another “Block the Gates” protest is set for Dec.18.

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