Tribes Fight to Protect Fish from Coal Train Terminals

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation were joined by Lummi, Quinault, and other tribes in their protest against a proposed coal terminal at Port of Morrow, Oregon. The coal terminal would result in the annual transport of nine million tons of coal aboard trains a mile and half long—much more than local ecological systems can bear and too close to the Yakama Nation’s historic treaty fishing sites on the Columbia River.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber firmly opposed the coal export terminal in a speech to the League of Conservation Voters in April.