350 Louisiana, DisasterMap.net, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
February 6, 2017
For Immediate release
Contact: Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, (504) 452-4909, firstname.lastname@example.org
What and when: Tele press conference about these accidents, 10 am CT
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Access Code: 9341354
Link to webinar: http://anne39.enterthemeeting.com/m/8J8X8U9P
For a copy of the report visit www.labucketbrigade.org
(New Orleans)—A new report issued today shows a disturbing pattern with pipeline and other infrastructure accidents. Data from National Response Center (NRC) reports revealed that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and its Sunoco subsidiaries have had 69 accidents in a two year span.
Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco are the companies responsible for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, the proposed Trans Pecos Pipeline in Texas and the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline that would extend from Nederland, Texas to St. James Parish, Louisiana. As local officials, students, crawfishermen, moms, dads and grandparents prepare to testify against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline at a Department of Natural Resources hearing in Louisiana this week, new information about the troubled parent company’s accident record was made public.
“Sunoco and ETP accidents stretch from Texas to Massachusetts,” said Dr. Ezra Boyd, a geographer with DisasterMap.net who conducted the research. “While these accidents cover a large area of the map, the Bayou Bridge pipeline would put an entirely new area at risk: south central Louisiana, including the Atchafalaya Basin.”
The report released today compiles the information reported to the NRC – the federal point of contact for oil spills and industrial accidents. Pipelines were the source of 51% of the accidents. In Louisiana, the industry argument for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline is that pipelines are safer. “The oil industry and the elected officials they’ve bought off are claiming that pipelines are safer despite the facts,” said Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana. “What we know is that Energy Transfer Partners had 35 pipeline accidents in two years. There’s nothing safe about that.” The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would slice through South Louisiana's vulnerable coastline and wetlands to transport oil slated for export.
The accidents happened primarily in Texas and along the east coast. The reports show that eight people were injured in the accidents and that evacuations were called. Three drinking water sources – the Delaware River (PA, NJ), The Schuylkill River (PA) and the Red River (LA) were among the water bodies polluted. The Standing Rock Sioux have objected to the Dakota Access Pipeline because of potential pollution to their drinking water source. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline threatens the Vermillion River and Bayou Lafourche, two drinking water sources in south Louisiana.
Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco have a poor track record for safety and human rights. Over 300 Louisianans opposed the Bayou Bridge Pipeline at a public hearing last month. A public hearing on February 8th is also expected to have hundreds in attendance.
“Energy Transfer Partners’ records contradict their claim that pipelines are a safer way of transporting oil,” said Renate Heurich of 350 Louisiana. “Pipelines make transporting tar sands cheaper, thus stimulating dirty tar sands extraction despite low oil prices. The real question is: Why do we still invest in more pipeline infrastructure when we urgently need to invest in sustainable alternative energy sources?”