Support St. Martin Parish Council resolution against Re-Zoning to Industrial in the Atchafalaya Basin
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 St. Martin Parish Planning and Zoning Commission, at its most recent meeting, denied their request to re-zone the area. Undeterred, FAS is trying to bypass the will of the Parish and is trying to get a permit from DNR. Such a site would involve as many as 50 tanker trucks per day, seven days a week, traveling on Hwy 997, a two lane, asphalt road, to the proposed location next to the Belle River Landing.
In an unprecedented act of courage, in a state where a few powerful corporations always get their way regardless of the consequences, the St. Martin Parish Council passed a unanimous resolution urging the state to respect St. Martin Parish's zoning laws and not to grant the permit.
Let's show our support for the St. Martin Parish Council and Parish President Guy Cormier, by attending the next Council meeting Tuesday June 17 at 4:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Carroll J. Fuselier Parish Council Meeting Room, at the Courthouse Annex Building, 301 West Port Street, St. Martinville, Louisiana 70582. ABK is on the agenda to make a short presentation to the Parish Council.
The kind of behavior that has devastated the Atchafalaya Basin and the entire coast must stop if we are to have anything left for the generations to come. We have already stolen enough from them. We can be proud that the St. Martin Parish Council members and Parish President Guy Cormier are leading the way to stop this.
Please see the attached resolution by the St. Martin Parish Council.
We hope to see you at the June 17 meeting.
Dean Wilson, Delta Chapter Atchafalaya Basin Committee