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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).

Coasts, Not Coal - RAM Terminal Public Hearing, Sep 17

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The past year and a half has been an amazing experiment in real democracy. Together, the people of southeast Louisiana spoke up and local government listened: we don't want the RAM Coal Export terminal or its dirty coal trains. City and Parish resolutions were passed, Plaquemines Parish denied a construction permit, and a Belle Chasse judge ordered the state permit revoked.

But the RAM Terminal is still at it. It has reapplied for a state permit from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and a public hearing has been scheduled for next week.

The Future of Bicycling in New Orleans - NOLA Group Sept. Meeting - Sep 13

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Bike Easy - The Future of Bicycling in New Orleans

New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club welcomes Dan Favre, Executive Director of Bike Easy, the Greater New Orleans bicycle advocacy organization, to give an overview of the state of bicycling in New Orleans today and the work his organization is doing to build a bright biking future. Along the way he'll cover safety tips for people who bike and people who drive, go over helpful recommendations for bike commuting, and get your feedback about how to make bicycling in the region fun, safe, and easy for everyone.

Green Army Event at the Louisiana State Capitol on Sat, April 11, noon to 3 pm.

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The Green Army holds its second annual Legislative Event at the Louisiana State Captitol on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The event will feature speakers from citizens groups and communities affected by air and water pollution. The event keynote speaker will be Lt. General Russell Honore, US Army Ret. We will have live music and other attractions TBA.

Speakers will address prominent Green Army issues such as the proposed open burn of munitions at Camp Minden, Bayou Corne update, Mossville update, fracking in St. Tammany, toxic air emissions in St. Rose, the RAM coal terminal in Plaquemines Parish, and an update from John Barry on the coastal lawsuits. Gen Honore will address the Green Army agenda for this legislative session.

Vans are available to transport people from New Orleans and from Lafayette. Contact for the New Orleans van is the LA Bucket Brigade office at 504-484-3433. Contact for the Lafayette van is by email to hrmartin2sc@gmail.com or phone at 337-298-8380.

Email for further information is Woody Martin, Chapter Chair at: hrmartin2sc@gmail.com

Please come out and support this event.

Statement to the Louisiana House Natural Resources Committee Hearing of Feb 12, 2015, USEPA Clean Power Plan

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee,

We, the undersigned request that you enter this letter into the public record because many of us could not be here in person. We are hard-working organizations that give voice to the citizens of Louisiana. We represent those who are seeing their land washed away by an eroding coast and rising sea levels. We speak for those who have lost their homes, not once, but repeatedly to ever more destructive coastal storms. We empower those who live under the burden of industrial pollution in their communities. We understand that there are powerful interests urging you to keep doing business as usual. We are speaking to the side of you that loves Louisiana, the health of it’s citizens, and the beautiful places in our state.

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.

Forest Wright for LPSC District 1 in the Dec 6 runoff election

Congratulations to our friend Forest Bradley Wright who on Nov 4 took the most votes in Public Service Commission District 1. Forest took 38.46% vs Eric Skrmetta's 36.95%. Third place finisher Al Leone took 24.58% so he will drop out and the two leaders will go to a runoff election on Dec 6. Erik Skrmetta is the incumbent for District 1 and has been the chair of the commission this year. Mr. Skrmetta has shown himself to be dead set against renewable energy, solar, energy efficiency or anything other than burning fossil fuels. And he admits to taking most of his campaign contributions from the utilities that he is supposed to be regulating. There are only five seats on the Louisiana Public Service Commission. So electing Forest could make a huge positive difference in energy policy for Louisiana.

April 15 Update on SB 650

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The news on this bill is not good. SB 650 was passed with favorable recommendation out of Senate Environment Committee on April 15. The bill then goes to the Senate floor. Sierra Club and Alliance for Affordable Energy made statements in opposition. LEAN was there to support us. Lobbyists from coal, oil, natural gas, railroads, chemical industries and electric utilities were there in favor of this bad bill. La DEQ also made a statement in support and provided an amendment. The committee voted the bill out as ammended with a favorable recomendation. 

Ask Louisiana Senators to vote NO on SB 650

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On Tuesday, April 15, the Louisiana Senate Environment Committee will be considering legislation to water down Clean Air Act rules intended to regulate greenhouse emissions from industrial sources.

This proposed legislation is dangerous because greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fueled power plants have been shown to be a major cause of global average temperature rise, sea level rise and severe climate related events. Louisiana is one of the states that are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme storms and sea level rise. 

Connect the Nine Bike Ride

Connect the 9 Bike Ride 2014

Get your bells and whistles out! The New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club is going for a bike ride!

We are joining up with several community allies for our next recreational outing on April 5, 2014. "CONNECT the NINE" will be a bike ride to connect the Upper and Lower 9th Ward and advocate for safe transportation options for bikers and walkers on the St. Claude Bridge!

WHY CONNECT THE NINE? Read the summary and the report from UNO on BikeEasy.

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