The Cowlitz Tribe has announced its opposition to the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal shipping project proposed along the Columbia River near Longview.
Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would part ways with state and local regulators as it conducts its environmental review of the Millennium project.
Will the Cowlitz announcement affect the Corps' processing of the federal permits for Millennium? In the past, on other projects, the Corps has customarily stopped that process until tribal objections are answered.
That does not appear to have been the case with the Gateway Pacific project proposed in Whatcom County, despite Lummi Nation objections to it. As near as I can tell, the Corps is proceeding with the Gateway Pacific permits--although that could be subject to change.
How will the Corps react to the Cowlitz announcement? We shall see.