Part of our job at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade is to capitalize on opportunities and current events. In 2017 we will continue our collaboration with other organizations to address current topics in our region. Those topics include:
This pipeline is the brainchild of Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Bayou Bridge plans to move fracked oil across 11 South Louisiana parishes, toward refineries and export facilities. At longer than 160 miles, it would destroy over 600 wetland acres and disrupt some 700 waterbodies, including the drinking supplies for at least 300,000 people.
We are working with other groups in the state to stop this pipeline.
The good news is that people in south Louisiana understand the need for healthy wetlands and a thriving coast. “Save the coast!” has become a rallying cry, yet the Master Plan that would rebuild our coast is billions of dollars short.
The oil industry destroyed our coast by digging 8,000 miles of pipelines and canals. Read this explanation of the issue by Tulane professor Oliver Houck.
How severe is the problem? Seven Louisiana parishes are suing the oil industry for destruction of the coast of Louisiana. These aren’t radical people. These are conservative areas filled with people who understand that the oil industry’s carelessness impacts our ability to stay in this region. The parishes include Vermillion, Cameron, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John and St. Bernard.
Click here for a timeline of the oil industry’s destruction of our coast and our wetlands.
Read this recent study about the risk to 500,000 people from ongoing coastal loss.
The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, has taken a brave stand, letting the oil industry know that it will be held accountable for the destruction of our coast. Please take a moment to call his office and thank him today: (225) 342-7015 or (866) 366-1121
THE GULF IS NOT FOR SALE!
Please support the #nonewleases campaign in the Gulf of Mexico.
What is #nonewleases?
In March of 2016, 300 people joyfully took over an auction of drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico and told the federal government and the oil companies that the Gulf is not for sale. This action was the kick-off of the campaign to end new drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico. This call is an historic one – the first time there has been a movement to end new drilling in the Gulf. We are proudly aligned with larger national and international movements like #keepitintheground and the ongoing battle in the Arctic. We share the goal of working together to transition from fossil fuels.
Who is involved?
#nonewleases is led by those of us in the Gulf of Mexico who have been standing up to the oil industry’s destruction of our health, our homes, our coast, our livelihoods and our environment. People of color in the Gulf region are the most severely impacted, particularly those of us who live in coastal communities and in neighborhoods next to oil refineries. National groups are supporting our efforts. We do not single out any individual or group – be it national or local – because this is about the movement. Our collective goal is to end new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Aren’t oil jobs important in the Gulf of Mexico?
We are glad you asked. Our interest is in transitioning to renewable energy sources that provide safe jobs. The reality, though, is that the transition is many years away, and there is significant oil industry infrastructure in the Gulf. Much of that infrastructure – pipelines, abandoned oil wells, refineries – is falling apart. The oil industry should hire workers now to repair and maintain its decaying infrastructure. And when the oil industry provides numbers about its economic impact, ask for details. Much of its information on jobs is grossly inflated.
How can I get involved?
Share #nonewleases posts and tweets and all pieces you see about resistance in the Gulf of Mexico. E-mail Anne Rolfes (anne@labucketbrigade) or Cherri Foytlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you or your group would like to get more involved.
Participate in an event. Details available at www.nonewleases.org
Your end of year gift can be designated to our general fund or to one of three initiatives for 2018
Unraveling the Jobs Myth
The problem: The oil industry’s only argument for its continued operations is that the industry provides jobs. But these are the facts: every year accidents kill workers and send others to the burn unit. The industry’s own information shows that one of its biggest projects, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, would provide only 12 permanent jobs. Meanwhile the industry does not even try to hide its use of man camps, housing for temporary workers who don’t live in the state.
How you can help: Help us gather the facts about jobs. We will collect testimonies from current and former workers, we will gather the statistics about oil industry jobs and compare those to renewable industry jobs both in state and nationally. The jobs argument is one that’s in our favor. Let’s make it.
Year of Prayer for Cancer Alley
The problem: The communities along the Mississippi River are beautiful places. There is a palpable sense of history here. After all, it is the site of the 1811 slave revolt, the largest in U.S. history. But these historic communities and everyone else who lives there are under assault. In this area pollution knows no boundaries, and white Tea Party supporters are polluted along with historic black communities.
How you can help: One of the assets of the communities in this region is their faith. We are proud to announce that local pastors and with the Louisiana InterFaith Council have designated 2018 as a Year of Prayer for Cancer Alley. Your support will help us to get this message: that Cancer Alley is under assault and needs defending. Our goals are to get church fans, prayer cards, special intentions and homilies for Cancer Alley in churches and synagogues not only around the state, but around the nation as well.
Training people who live next to oil refineries and chemical plants how to monitor their air is at the heart of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. The process not only gives our community partners a way to take matters into their own hands, it also helps them learn about the chemicals that they are exposed to. New in 2018: testing the drinking water right from the tap. Help us train 100 people to monitor their air and water next year.