Update - LDWF will hold public hearing on Oct 29, 2014 to consider permit application to withdraw water from the Amite River for fracking


LDWF will hold public hearing on Oct 29, 2014 to consider Scenic River permit application #906 to withdraw water from the Amite River for hydraulic fracturing. The permit application is submitted by Comstock Resources to withdraw 12.6 million gallons from the Scenic Amite River. 

We are asking Sierra Club members and allies who are opposed to fracking in the Florida parishes to show up at this public hearing. You can also submit written statements to the hearing record. 

Delta Chapter Election 2014 Information Packet for Louisiana Sierra Club Members

The Sierra Club has long been an organization that takes an active interest in the democratic process and its impact on the environment. The environment is playing a major role in this year’s election, and the results will have a major impact on America’s laws for protection of clean air, clean water, natural places, and wildlife.

To help inform voters about the issues at stake in this year’s election, we’ve compiled the following packet of information.

Four of the five permits to be considered at public hearing have been withdrawn

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In a victory for the environment four out of the five applications to withdraw huge amounts of water from our scenic rivers have been withdrawn. This represents a significant victory for Sierra Club Delta Chapter. We have been in the forefront of the battle to protect our Louisiana Scenic Rivers by keeping the oil and gas companies from using huge quantities of scenic rivers water for fracking in the Florida parishes.

Sierra Club had filed comments on all the applications for withdrawal of water from scenic rivers pointing to numerous areas in which insufficient or contradictory information has been provided. And we demanded that public hearings be held regarding the permit applications. A public hearing had been set for Oct 29, 2014 for five recent applications to withdraw water. That public hearing is in now in doubt because four out of the five applications to be considered at that hearing have now been withdrawn. We have sent a request for clarification to LDWF and will update you here. 

Recently withdrawn permits include #s 902, 903 and 911 on the Tickfaw River in St. Helena Parish, and #904 on the Amite River in East Feliciana Parish. The withdrawal of these permit applications means that we have saved a total of 75 million gallons of scenic river water from being turned into toxic waste. 

Update - LPSC Reinstates Energy Efficiency Programs


The Louisiana Public Service Commission on Oct 9 reinstated Energy Efficiency programs after having inexplicably suspended them on Sep 25. The reinstatement comes after expressions of outrage from citizens groups, energy efficiency contractors and suppliers and NGOs. Thanks to our friends at Alliance for Affordable Energy and to all who called or emailed their commissioners to say that we wanted our Energy Efficiency programs back on track. 

LPSC suspends scheduled implementation of Louisiana Energy Efficiency Programs

The Louisiana Public Service Commission adopted Energy Efficiency rules at its last public meeting of 2012 before expiration of the term of Commissioner Jimmy Fields. The Commission came back in 2013 with new Commissioner Scott Angelle and suspended the rules, starting a whole new round of public comment and testimony about the benefits of Energy Efficiency (EE) programs for the State of Louisiana. Commissioner Angelle came back with a proposal for voluntary EE programs and obtained commitments from three major electric utilities, Entergy, CLECO and SWEPCO to implement EE programs. Utilities had hired contractors to help implement the programs and small businesses were geared up to help homeowners and small businesses start saving money on the proposed program start date of Oct 1, 2014. 

The Zero Candidate - a letter to newsmedia

Bill Cassidy - The Zero Candidate

The League of Conservation Voters has crafted an Environmental Scorecard for Congress for several decades now. The Scorecard grades voting records for Senators and Representatives in each Session of Congress, as well as lifetime score for each member.

It’s not surprising that Louisiana’s delegation has generally scored poorly, given the political influence of the petrochemical industry in our state. But the scores in the last few years have plummeted for Republican members of the state delegation, reflecting a highly conservative ideology combining hatred of government, disdain for science, and the power of campaign contributions with a lack of regard for America’s natural heritage.

John Bel Edwards at the New Orleans Group Meeting


The New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club hosts Gubernatorial Candidate John Bel Edwards

John Bel Edwards is a State Representative (D-Amite) from the Tangipahoa Parish area of the North Shore region, and is running for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. At the New Orleans Group monthly meeting, Sunday, September 14th, John Bel will address the SLFPA-East Levee Authority lawsuit and the related legislation from the 2014 legislative session, as well as the fracking ingredient disclosure legislation he passed several years ago. He will also entertain questions at the end of his talk.

Sunday September 14th
6:30 Refreshments

7pm talk

The Sierra Club meets in the Dominion Auditorium at the Audubon Zoo located at 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118.

For more information, visit the Sierra Club Delta Chapter event on Facebook. The program is free and open to everyone.

The Environment and the 2014 Election - Baton Rouge Group Meeting

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"The Environment and the 2014 Election"

A presentation and discussion by the Baton Rouge Sierra Club

Join us for our bi-monthly General Program meeting. This month we'll be reviewing the upcoming Federal Elections for Senate, House of Representatives, other ballot items such as Louisiana Constitutional Amendments, and the consequences for the environment attached to those decisions.

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 7:00 pm

WHERE: East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library - Goodwood Library Meeting Room B, upstairs. 7711 Goodwood Blvd Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Please visit us at Baton Rouge Group of the Sierra Club for other outings, events, and statements.

American Energy, Imperiled Coast - Acadian Group Lecture Series

American Energy Imperiled Coast

American Energy, Imperiled Coast

Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana’s Wetlands

Explores the tension between Oil & Gas development and the land loss crisis in coastal Louisiana


A Presentation, Discussion and Book Signing with Jason Theriot


Why Louisiana should support the USEPA Clean Power Plan


Why do we need the USEPA Clean Power Plan

The link between elevated levels of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere and rising temperatures is well established (IPCC 2007). Forty percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, and one-third of greenhouse gases overall, come from electric power plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The country needs a plan to reduce carbon emissions from electric power generation.

Why Louisiana should support the USEPA Clean Power Plan

Frackers Withdraw from the Tangipahoa River


The Delta Chapter Sierra Club has worked for years to protect Louisiana's Scenic Rivers. Our work has paid off on the Tangipahoa River. On 8-29-2014, Goodrich Petroleum voluntarily withdrew its Application for a Scenic River Permit to "extract" twenty five million (25,000,000) gallons of "outstanding natural resource" water from the tiny river for use as fracking fluid. 

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