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Crucial win for Northwest communities:
Army Corps upholds Lummi Nation treaty rights,
denies coal permit at Cherry Point

MAY 9, 2016: After careful review, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a landmark decision to deny federal permits for SSA Marine’s proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, a coal export facility at Xwe’chi’eXen, also known as Cherry Point, Wash. In January 2015, the Lummi Nation asked the Army Corps to reject the project because of its significant harm to their treaty-protected fisheries and ancestral lands. 

The historic decision deals a severe blow to SSA Marine’s struggling proposal and marks the first time that a coal export facility has been rejected based on its negative impacts to the treaty rights of a tribal nation. 

A note from our executive director, Crina Hoyer: “This is an historic win, and we are grateful to the Lummi Nation for their leadership in delivering a tremendous victory for Northwest families. By denying permits for the largest proposed coal export terminal in North America, the Army Corps is honoring the Lummi Nation’s treaty rights and protecting the Salish Sea for all people who call the Pacific Northwest home. The message rings loud and clear: communities will never accept the health, safety, economic or environmental impacts of dirty coal exports.”

Read the Power Past Coal press release here. Read the Bellingham Herald story and watch a video of Lummi tribal members listening to the phone call from US Army Corps of Engineers here.


The Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan will determine the future of our community. Our elected officials need to hear from you about the importance of protecting our community's health, safety, and future. Read more

Please join us in asking the County Council to take the lead in creating policies that keep our community safe by preventing new fossil fuel export projects; ensure we have enough clean water available for farms, fish and people; preserve farm and forest lands by preventing urban sprawl; and invest in energy security by opening the door to renewable energy jobs and achieving carbon neutrality.

How you can help:
          1. Add your name to our petition.
          2. Email the Whatcom County Council.
          3. Attend a comment workshop.
          4. Become a campaign funder.
Our County Council was elected for their eye toward stewardship, but they cannot move us forward without public will. Please act now.

Voted Best Nonprofit of Bellingham!

RE Sources was just named "Best of Bellingham" non-profit by Cascadia Weekly readers. The paper said "Some organizations are born great, others achieve greatness in the way they approach their mission. RE Sources is a little of both."  – Cascadia Weekly's Best of Bellingham 

We think the reason for our greatness is YOUThank you so much for making our victories possible.

Your investment = clean air, clean water, and a clean energy future.

Gratitude: this is the word that strengthens our optimism and determination as we regard the work that lies ahead. Because of you, we are ready to take on tough challenges and win; we are moved by your words of encouragement, and we are inspired by your actions. Your partnership is what makes our successes possible - and the crew here at RE Sources is extremely grateful for your contributions of time, expertise and money.

In a world beset with acts of terrorism, vanishing species, wars, famines, and the impacts of climate change, it is all too tempting to give in to apathy and despair. Believe me, I get it. The problems are so overwhelming that it's easy to dismiss our individual actions as little more than whispers in the face of hurricane force winds. 

But that's not really the point, is it? We all clearly know what we're up against, but still we act with passion and resolve. Because we love the Pacific Northwest. It defines us. We love its islands, waters, forests, orcas, salmon and shorelines. And we love our children and grandchildren.

I believe you and I are engaged in the most worthy of causes. We are creating a meaningful, resilient, healthy future and conspiring to provide the best of all possible worlds for our heirs. Clean air, clean water, and lives lived in harmony with the natural wonders that surround us. 

Thank you for joining the movement. 

In gratitude,


Crina Hoyer

Executive Director
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
(360) 733-8307

Special thanks to our business sponsors and partners who help make our work possible: 


Special thanks to our Cornerstone Sponsor, Sanitary Services CompanyWhatcom County's largest full-service recycling and waste collection company. Locally-owned and family-operated.

Special thanks to our cornerstone sponsor, Recycling & Disposal Services Inc (RDS), local, privately owned transfer station in Ferndale with progressive waste management practices.


See a full list of our generous business sponsors and partners.