Public Hearing on Toxic Waste Transfer Station

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Despite St. Martin Parish Council’s recent rejection of a rezoning request from F.A.S. Environmental Services the company is applying for a permit to build a transfer station for produced waters and fracking waste in the Atchafalaya Basin. According to the company’s permit application with DNR, F.A.S. expects to handle an average of 175,000 barrels of exploration and production (E&P) waste each month. The company estimates 99 percent will be “produced water” or waste from processes ranging from conventional drilling to hydraulic fracturing. If approved, the permit also would allow the company “to accept other types of waste, such as completion fluids, freshwater, rainwater, washout water, washout pit water, gas plant water liquids, pipeline wastewater and commercial facility waste.” The application also states that the waste can include or create hydrogen sulfide gas which is poisonous and is known for its rotten egg smell. The company operates an injection well 1.75 miles from the proposed transfer station.

Delta Chapter Retreat at Chicot State Park, March 13–15, 2015 - Event Cancelled

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All are welcome to attend Sierra Club Delta Chapter’s annual retreat. Activities will include canoeing, boating and naturalist presentations. We have cabin space for 24 persons. Reservation required. RV and tent camping is also available at the Park, call to make reservation: (337) 363-2403.

To reserve a space in a cabin email or call Woody Martin at hrmartin2sc@gmail.com 337-298-8380
Deadline for reservation of cabin space is Feb 26.

This event is cancelled due to insufficient advance signups

Detailed info about Chico State Park is at:
http://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/chicot-state-park/

The Green Army Legislative Scorecard

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The GreenARMY is a state-wide coalition of organizations, civic groups, and individuals fighting to preserve Louisiana’s culture and environment. The coalition has environmental campaigns that fall under the umbrella of clean air, clean water, clean land, and healthy food. Sierra Club in Louisiana is an active participant in Green Army efforts to direct the attention of state government and industry to environmental problems and the negative impacts to our communities caused by poorly regulated industrial operations.

The Legislative Scorecard has been developed in an effort to let the public know how State Representatives and Senators voted in the 2014 legislative session. The Scorecard provides a rating which compares their environmental voting records. The selected bills and amendments represent a wide range of environmental issues in Louisiana.

We suggest you congratulate your Representatives and Senators who scored highly, and let the others know that you expect them to do better.

Click this link to go to the Green Army Legislative Scorecard

Louisiana and Mississippi Forests Being Razed to Make Electricity in Europe

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Traveling highway I-10 over the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge may have noticed two huge white golf ball looking structures at Port Allen, just to the north on the west side of the river crossing. While they do add something to the drab industrial view of refineries, cranes and barges, they foretell a bleak future for southeastern forests. The structures will store up to 80,000 metric tons of wood pellets manufactured by Drax Biomass that will come from Louisiana and Mississippi harvested forests. The wood pellets are destined to be shipped to Europe for burning for generation of electricity. It is eerily appropriate that the company name is the same as Drax the Destroyer, a fictional superhero character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Bad Projects Never Die – The Washington Parish Reservoir

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US Army Corps of Engineers has received an application for a 404 permit to dam up Bogue Lusa Creek approximately 5.8 miles south of the city of Sheridan and conduct mechanized land clearing for the creation of an approximately 3,262 acre reservoir in Washington Parish, Louisiana. The applicant’s stated project purpose is to provide water, recharge aquifers and provide recreation areas and economic development opportunities… The impoundment would produce a long, thin, five finger lake 5.5 miles long and up to 3,000 ft wide.

Can Coastal Communities Survive?

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The New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club will host Dr. Shirley Laska from University of New Orleans on Sunday, January 11, 2015 for her presentation: "Gulf coastal communities: Can they survive until coastal restoration is a reality?"

Major Victory Against RAM Coal Export Terminal

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Louisiana community leaders and environmental organizations won a major victory against a proposed coal export terminal when a Plaquemines Parish district court revoked a Coastal Use Permit granted by Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Parish residents have been fighting coal shipping terminals for years.

The lawsuit was brought by residents of the Ironton community and Sierra Club Delta Chapter, Gulf Restoration Network and Louisiana Environmental Action Network against the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for illegally granting a coastal use permit to RAM Terminals, LLC to build a coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish. This victory spares residents from the air and water pollution, property-value loss and coal-train traffic that the coal shipping facility would bring.

Job Advertisement - Conservation Program Manager

Job advertisement as follows:

Conservation Program Manager
Sierra Club Delta Chapter in Louisiana

Compensation: $42,000 annual plus benefits
Reports to: Delta Chapter Chair
Work Setting: Mobile office, in state travel

The Sierra Club Delta Chapter seeks an experienced, self-directed, and collaborative staff person to join our statewide organization supporting Sierra Club environmental objectives. The staff person would organize and implement conservation programs, campaigns, and initiatives according to priorities set by the Executive Committee. Current priorities are reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, native forest protection, wetlands protection and air/water quality. The staff person would participate in the development of program strategies and conduct fundraising and volunteer recruitment activities organized around conservation objectives.

Another Louisiana Scenic River Saved From The Frackers

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Sierra Club has been notified that Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has denied a request from Comstock Resources to withdraw 12,600,000 gallons of water from the Amite River in East Feliciana Parish for use in fracking for oil and gas. The water would have been withdrawn from the Scenic River, used for fracking and then disposed as hazardous waste.

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