Delta Chapter Has a New Web Site

Delta Chapter is moving to a new web site. It is located at: https://sierraclub.org/louisiana

Please go there now to see our current postings. You can also copy the link to your bookmarks for future use.

Delta Chapter Spring Retreat, April 7 - 9, 2017

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We are creating a wonderful adventure for lucky Delta Chapter members and friends this spring! Our Spring Retreat will be held at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. The Reservoir State Park is a neighbor of the Poverty Point World Heritage Site near Delhi, Louisiana, "the largest and most complex Late Archaic earthwork occupation and ceremonial site yet found in North America".

Bayou Bridge Pipeline – Update

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See our earlier article for reference “The Big Pipeline Fight Comes to Louisiana.”

Turnout for the Jan 12, 2017 LDEQ USACE public hearing on the Bayou Bridge pipeline project was outstanding. Opposition to the pipeline greatly outnumbered supporters. Hearing testimony was at times factual, emotional, and even entertaining. Thanks all who showed up and/or who sent written comments. The news now is that there will be another public hearing on Feb 8 at 6 pm at the Assumption Parish Community Center located at 4910 Highway 308, Napoleonville, Louisiana 70390.

The Feb 8 hearing will be conducted by LDNR about a proposed Coastal Use Permit (CUP) which is required for projects in Louisiana’s coastal zone. Though the pipeline crosses eleven parishes, only two parishes that the pipeline would go through are in the coastal zone, Assumption and St. James.

Citizen public input at the public hearing and with written comments will again be very important in order to make sure there is a full discussion of relevant issues. You can see Sierra Club Delta Chapter concerns in the earlier article at: http://lasierraclub.org/node/414

Make your voice heard, attend the public hearing and/or submit written comments to stephanie.zumo@la.gov. You can make reference in your written comments to Bayou Bridge Pipeline CUP NUMBER: P20160166. The hearing file remains open for a period of 10 days after the close of the public hearing for submission of written comments or other materials.

See the LDNR public notice at: http://lasierraclub.org/sites/default/files/PN%20for%20LADNR%20CUP%20hrg...

National Club Election Coming This Spring

The annual election for the Club's Board of Directors is now underway. Those eligible to vote in the national Sierra Club election will receive in the mail (or by Internet if you chose the electronic delivery option) your national Sierra Club ballot. This will include information on the candidates and where you can find additional information on the Club's website.

The Sierra Club is a democratically structured organization at all levels. The Club requires the regular flow of views on policy and priorities from its grassroots membership in order to function well. Yearly participation in elections at all Club levels is a major membership obligation. Your Board of Directors is required to stand for election by the membership. This Board sets Club policy and budgets at the national level and works closely with the Executive Director and staff to operate the Club. Voting for candidates who express your views on how the Club should grow and change is both a privilege and responsibility of membership.

Letter of Concern about America's Public Lands, Environmental Regulations and Cabinet Nominees - sent to Louisiana Senators and Congressmen

Jan 24, 2017

Senator Bill Cassidy
703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Cassidy,

I am writing on behalf of the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club to express our serious concerns and alarm about attacks on America’s public lands, environmental laws, and governmental regulations in the new Congress.

Defending Our Environmental Laws

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Defending Our Environmental Laws

Joint program by the LSU Student Sierra Coalition and the Baton Rouge Group of the Sierra Club

America’s environmental laws and protection, the result of decades of citizen advocacy, governmental action, and scientific research, are under attack by a hostile Congress and White House. Learn how ordinary citizens can stand up for clean air, clean water, and our public lands!

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 630pm

The Big Pipeline Fight Comes to Louisiana

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The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is a proposed 162 mile, 24 inch diameter pipeline that would carry crude oil from south of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish and terminate in St. James Parish. The pipeline will carry an estimated 280,000 barrels of oil per day through 11 southern Louisiana parishes and across eight watersheds including the Atchafalaya Basin. The estimated cost of the project is $670 million.

The purpose of the pipeline is to move crude oil that comes down from the Bakken oil field to a location on the Mississippi River for international shipment. This is part of the same pipeline that has generated controversy and strong resistance in North Dakota (the Dakota Access Pipeline) and is being constructed by the same company (Energy Transfer Partners).

Atchafalaya Basin Forested Wetlands Under Siege Part 1

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The Atchafalaya Basin in southwest Louisiana guides the Atchafalaya River, a 135-mile long natural distributary of the Mississippi River, that empties into the Gulf of Mexico through the only growing river delta in Louisiana.

The most ecologically important parts of the Atchafalaya Basin are 885,000 acres of forested wetlands and 517,000 acres of marshland, making this the largest river swamp in North America. The Atchafalaya Basin is a refuge for many endangered species and about 100 species of fish, crawfish, shrimp and crabs that feed birds, reptiles and mammals and support sport and commercial fishing. Other animals in the basin include white tail deer, bobcat, coyote, alligator, beaver, nutria, mink, otter, musk rat, armadillo, fox and opossum. The Atchafalaya is considered the most productive swamp in the world, three to five times more productive than the Everglades and the Okefenokee Swamp.

Threats to the Atchafalaya Basin

Perspectives on the 2016 Louisiana Flood

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WHAT's THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT FLOODING?

In the aftermath of the 2016 Flood, the Sierra Club Baton Rouge Group will host three programs on topics related to recovery.

Nov. 17th "Planning During a Time of Climate Change.” Born in Baton Rouge, Camille Manning-Broome, Senior Vice-President at CPEX (Center for Planning Excellence) holds a M.S. degree with an emphasis on Disaster Science, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Sciences at LSU. She has spearheaded and directed cross-agency projects, publishing documents such as the Louisiana Land Use Toolkit, Coastal Best Practices Manual, View from the Coast, and has worked on Comprehensive Plans in more than 30 communities. Prior to working at CPEX, Camille gained both private-sector and government experience working on a host of issues from strategic planning to hazard mitigation.

Stop the New Tax on Solar in Lafayette - Update, News Development

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Update
As of 6:00 pm, Nov 7 ABiz business news has published a story that Terry Huval LUS Director will request that the Council rescind the new fees on solar. This is a victory for clean energy and common sense in Lafayette. You can read the story here:

http://theind.com/article-24195-About-face-LUS-seeks-repeal-of-‘solar-...

Sierra Club Acadian Group plans to go ahead with the public forum at SLCC on Nov 10 at 7 pm. We will update everyone on what has developed by then and talk about Lafayette's electrical future.

Previous post as follows:

Lafayette Utility Service recently increased its rates and included a new solar tax.

The new monthly fixed fee is $27.26 for every residential solar owner which is $20.26 more than the fee paid by non solar LUS residential customers. This will pretty much eliminate the advantage of having solar on a residence and will kill future development of solar in Lafayette City/Parish. The increase is even worse for commercial customers.

We think the council made a big mistake in passing this extreme rate increase for solar customers.

What you can do:

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