BIG PROTEST IN THE BIG EASY AS ENVIROS TARGET THE GULF: President Barack Obama scrapped plans to allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic last week, which leaves climate activists to shift their focus to the Gulf — and they’ll mark a big step in that direction this morning in New Orleans, with a planned march to the Superdome.
Yudith Nieto caught her second wind as she watched her fellow activists swarm the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to protest the Wednesday morning (March 23) sale of federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico.
At one point, protester Cherri Foytlin got on the stage where BOEM’s Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Mike Celata was unsealing and reading the lease bids from oil and gas companies. Superdome security guards tried to pull her back and she collapsed in their arms.
In the nearly six years since globs of oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon washed ashore on beaches from Perdido Key to Navarre, Krasinski said many people seem to have forgotten the environmental and economic damage that happened in Florida
The Obama administration Wednesday opened millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling at a lease sale in New Orleans, drawing hundreds of protestors from across the Gulf region, who rallied outside and within the event at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Twice a year the federal government auctions off land in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration. It’s usually a pretty quiet affair. But on Wednesday hundreds of protesters marched into the Superdome to try to disrupt the sale.
Wednesday morning, around 300 protesters gathered outside New Orleans’s City Hall and marched half a mile to the Superdome as part of a protest to shut down the auction of a whopping 45 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to oil companies.
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