Fracking Threatens Scenic Rivers in the Florida Parishes

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Oil and gas development companies are proposing to drill wells and conduct fracking operations in the Tuscalusa Shale in East Feliciana, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parishes in eastern Louisiana. One of the major impacts of the proposed fracking for natural gas and oil will be the huge volumes of water required. Each fracking operation can have three, five or up to ten or twelve wells and can use anywhere from 3 to 8 million gallons of fresh water. The water for each well may be mixed with 60 to 160 tons of chemicals used to facilitate the fracking process.

Legislative Update June 30, 2014

Sierra Club Delta Chapter has been actively engaged with the 2014 legislative session in alliance with the Green Army and participant allied groups. We keep this page updated with the status of key pieces of legislation and governor's actions. The bills we are most closely watching and our positions on those bills are as follows:

Support St. Martin Parish Council resolution against Re-Zoning to Industrial in the Atchafalaya Basin

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We have this important request from our allies at Atchafalaya Basinkeeper. 

F.A.S. Environmental, Inc. is trying to re-zone parts of the Atchafalaya Basin from Residential/Forestry to Heavy Industrial. This part of the Atchafalaya Basin, the Belle River area, has the most pristine and productive swamps that remain in the Basin, and it has the highest concentration of southern bald eagles in the world.  Do we want our precious Basin to become the waste pit of North America?  What benefit would that be to our kids and grandkids? Once gone, it’s gone forever. 

The New Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rules - Letter to the Editor

June 3, 2014

The proposed reductions in carbon emissions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have drawn predictable responses from lobbyists and some politicians. But rhetoric won't help Louisiana - we have to face facts. Our state is the one most at risk from sea-level rise. Our coastal problem is exacerbated by a combination of local sinking of the land and global rise in sea-levels. A substantial body of scientific research shows that current sea-level rise is being fueled by the build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and that human activities are the chief reason for this increase.

National Hiking Day 2014 - Press Release

June 3, 2014

National Hiking Day 2014: A Time to Celebrate the Outdoors – And the Need for Conservation Funding

Lafayette – The Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club marked the occasion of National Hiking Day – June 7, 2014 – with a reminder of the importance of Louisiana’s great outdoors and the critical need to maintain public funding for conservation.

State Lawmakers Defend Oil and Gas Industry by Passing SB 469

Wetlands sliced by oil canal St. Bernard Parish

The wetlands that defend coastal Louisiana - including the city of New Orleans -from storm surge are disappearing at an alarming rate. For decades these wetlands have been carved up by oil and gas activities such as dredging canals for navigation and to lay pipelines. A study conducted by the USGS concluded that between 1932 and 1990 Oil and Gas activities accounted for 249,152 acres – or over 36 percent of the total land loss experienced in coastal Louisiana during that period.

Update on SB 469 May 30, 2014

Despite intense lobbying by Sierra Club, Green Army and our allies, SB 469 was passed by the State House, passed back to the Senate for concurrence on amendments and passed out of the legislature to the governor’s desk. The governor has supported this proposed legislation all through the process and there is no reason to believe he will not sign it though Sierra Club and other organizations will be requesting the governor not to sign and stating our reasons publicly. SB 469 is the most direct assault by the legislature on the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority lawsuit against 97 oil companies for damage to coastal wetlands. The controversy is not over. We will still see this appear in court one way or another.

Sierra Club Delta Chapter and its allies want to thank the members of the Louisiana Senate and House who voted for coastal restoration by voting NO on SB 469. We also want to thank all of our legislative action team members who helped by calling and sending emails to legislators. We continue to believe that the oil industry should pay for its fair share of damage to coastal wetlands rather than leaving that cost to fall completely on taxpayers. 

Special Alert - Please help us stop Senate Bill 469 in the Louisiana Legislature

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Please ask State Representatives to vote NO on SB 469

Your help is needed to stop SB 469 by Sen Brett Allain and Robert Adley when it is considered on the floor of  the Louisiana House of Representatives on May 29 or 30th.

Present law specifies that the secretary, the attorney general, an appropriate district attorney, or a local government may bring injunctive, declaratory, or other actions to ensure that only permitted activities may be conducted in the coastal zone.

The proposed law removes the authority of Levee Boards from being able to bring such legal action.

This is the most direct assault yet on the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority (SLFPA) lawsuit against oil companies for damage to our coastal wetlands. We want to stop SB 469 so that the SLFPA complaint can be heard in court instead of being scuttled by a new law that retroactively kills complaints against the oil companies.

Wilma Subra's Fracking Presentation at the Castine Center May 12, 2014

This is a highly informative presentation about the potential effects of fracking in St. Tammany Parish. The presentation was given by Dr. Wilma Subra representing LEAN at the Castine Center in Mandeville Louisiana on May 12, 2014. 

Acadian Group Lecture Series: RIKI OTT

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Acadian Group Lecture Series: RIKI OTT

Dr. Riki Ott, PhD, a former commercial fisherwoman, trained marine toxicologist and "accidental activist" since the Exxon Valdez disaster will be the guest speaker for the Acadian Group of the Sierra Club on Wednesday May 21, 2014.

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