Docs Reveal Coal Exporter Disturbed Native American Archaeological Site

"BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Three summers ago the company that wants to build the largest coal export terminal in North America failed to obtain the environmental permits it needed before bulldozing more than four miles of roads and clearing more than nine acres of land, including some wetlands."

"Pacific International Terminals also failed to meet a requirement to consult first with local Native American tribes, the Lummi and Nooksack tribes, about the potential archaeological impacts of the work. Sidestepping tribal consultation meant avoiding potential delays and roadblocks for the project’s development.

It also led to the disturbance of a site from which 3,000-year-old human remains had previously been removed -- and where archeologists and tribal members suspect more are buried."

Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix/Oregon Public Broadcasting in the first part of a two-part series November 25, 2013.

Source: EarthFix/OPB, 11/26/2013