Press Release: Radical Five-Year Offshore Drilling Plan will Heighten Spill Risks for U.S. Coastal Areas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 4, 2017

Radical Five-Year Offshore Drilling Plan will Heighten Spill Risks for U.S. Coastal Areas

Plan Poses Huge Risk to Coastal Economies, Businesses and Marine Life in Previously Undeveloped Waters.

Washington —  The Trump Administration is ignoring sound science and broad public input in an exhaustive recent review, in its proposed Five-Year Plan for offshore oil and gas leasing released today. The proposed plan promises “severe and unacceptable harm” to America’s publicly-owned oceans, coastal economies, public health, climate and marine life —all in a bid to pursue dubious energy sources that America does not need, according to Bold Alliance and a coalition of 64 groups that signed onto a joint statement released today.

The proposed drilling plan unveiled by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would radically expand offshore drilling in new areas of the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Arctic waters, and auction off permanently protected areas.

The protections in the current five-year plan are based on scientific analysis and a multi-year public comment process, whereas the Trump Administration’s hastily concocted proposal is rife with unsubstantiated claims, faulty economics, and runs roughshod over documented public opinion. Specifically, the proposal would expose the Arctic waters–our last undeveloped ocean—to drilling, put the Atlantic coast on the chopping block for the first time since 1983, open the Pacific coast–which has not seen federal drilling for decades, and further threaten the debilitated Gulf of Mexico.

The groups’ joint statement follows:

“These ocean waters are not President Trump’s personal playground. They belong to all Americans and the public wants them preserved and protected, not sold off to multinational oil companies.

The Trump Administration’s plan to unleash the dangers of drilling offshore is a major, unacceptable risk to hundreds of local communities, their coastal economies, and marine life.”

This extreme proposal is a shameful give-away that would sacrifice coastal communities, its economies, and our publicly-owned ocean waters.

Drilling threatens to coat our beaches with oil spills, pollute our air, decimate fisheries, interfere with military training, and keep citizens bound to the whims of foreign oil markets.

There is no need to force coastal residents to shoulder these risks. The nation can meet its energy needs and grow jobs by investing in clean, renewable domestic sources like wind and solar that never run out. We can cut pollution, and keep profits right here at home—not in the pockets of oil industry executives and foreign governments.

No community should have to live every day under the threat of an oil spill that could destroy tourism, shutter hundreds of local businesses, throw thousands out of work, and decimate traditional ways of life. We cannot afford another crippling Gulf of Mexico disaster—off the shores of Louisiana, the Carolinas, New England, Alaska, California or anywhere else.

The Trump Administration should heed the public call to preserve our ocean waters and turn back from this reckless, unnecessary expansion of offshore drilling that puts America and marine life last and the bottom lines of private oil companies first.”

With the backing of science, economics, clean energy leaders, local businesses, and the vast majority of Americans, President Obama permanently protected most of the Arctic Ocean and a chain of deep sea canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to Canada’s border, from dirty and dangerous offshore oil drilling. He also removed the entire Arctic and Atlantic from the five-year leasing plan.

Americans have rejected the Trump Administration’s move to abandon the Obama Administration’s approach by expanding dirty and dangerous offshore drilling and energy exploration. That opposition includes tens of thousands of local businesses and hundreds of thousands of commercial fishing families that depend on clean coasts, the majority of Americans, over 130 coastal municipalities, many Alaska Natives, bi-partisan lawmakers at the local, state and federal levels, and a host of faith and conservation leaders.

Here is the alphabetical list of the 64 signers of the joint statement:
Alaska Wilderness League, Alliance for Climate Education, America Verde, American Littoral Society, Americans for Conservation & the Arts, Azul, Blue Frontier, Bold Alliance, California Coastkeeper Alliance, California League of Conservation Voters, Center for Biological Diversity, Checks & Balances Project, Clean Ocean Action, Clean Water Action, Climate Hawks Vote, The Climate Reality Project, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Law Foundation, Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, Corazon Latino, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Environment America, Environment California, Environment New Jersey, Environmental League of Massachusetts, Florida Conservation Voters, Friends of the Earth, Gasp, Green Latinos, Greenpeace, Gulf Restoration Network, Hands Across the Sand, Hip Hop Caucus, Inland Ocean Coalition, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, Latino Farmers and Ranchers, League of Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters of the United States, Marine Conservation Institute, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Massachusetts League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, New York League of Conservation Voters, NextGen America, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, Oceana, Oil Change International, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, The Power Shift Network, Sachamama, Save Our Shores, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Turtle Island Restoration Network, Vermont Conservation Voters, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Voces Verdes, Washington Conservation Voters, Washington Environmental Council, and The Wilderness Society.

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The potential trigger for our Bayou Bridge Pipeline Pledge of Resistance is if work begins in earnest on the pipeline across Louisiana.

The Bayou Bridge pipeline — a sister project proposed by Energy Transfer Partners to connect the flow of oil from its Dakota Access pipeline — would cross 700 bodies of water, through 11 Louisiana parishes, including the drinking water of 300,000 families.

With only 12 permanent jobs on the table, this pipeline is all risk for the citizens of Louisiana, with all the rewards going to a Big Oil corporation.

We are at the point where men and women of conscience must step forward. In the tradition of other great American struggles for freedom, from the March to Montgomery for Voting Rights, to the Farm Crisis when farmers stood with their neighbors to block foreclosure auctions, to the Native-led resistance at Standing Rock, we are asking people to stand for what we believe is right through acts of nonviolent civil disobedience to stop the Bayou Bridge pipeline.

As was the case when over 100,000 Americans signed the pledge to resist the Keystone XL Pipeline, now is the time for us to pledge to resist the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (1)

Our sister organization, Bold Iowa, launched the Dakota Access Pipeline Pledge of Resistance (2), that recruited thousands of Water Protectors to commit to participating in nonviolent direct actions to stop construction on the pipeline in Iowa, and actions that resulted in nearly 100 arrests. (3)

We ask you to commit, should it be necessary, to engage in serious, dignified, nonviolent civil disobedience that could get you arrested.

Click here to sign the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Pledge of Resistance.

Specifically, we are asking you to pledge, if construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline begins across Louisiana, to either:

  1. Come to one or more designated locations and risk arrest to physically stop pipeline construction, or
  2. Join with others who are supporting those risking arrest by volunteering or donating to assist with these actions, and amplifying their message by sharing them with your own personal networks.

If you are able to pledge to participate in taking direct action, it is impossible to say exactly where our action will be most needed and most effective. This is and will remain, by design, a moving target. If you are able to commit to risk arrest during an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, we ask you to sign this pledge with the understanding that, when called upon, you will do everything possible to join the landowners, tribes, and others who are in this fight for the long haul.

You can pledge to participate in actions — or, you can pledge to support those taking direct action.

(Click here to chip in $5, $8, $20 or whatever you can to support the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Pledge of Resistance.)

We’ll need many volunteers to help organize these actions, and funds to help produce trainings so local leaders and activists can get the tools they need to organize an action near them.

The most important thing for our Pledge of Resistance is that all of us are ready to spring into action when needed, and that the threat of mass civil disobedience to block construction on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline becomes credible, known and continues to grow.

On Thursday, Jan. 5, more than 400 Water Protectors turned out to stand in solidarity and testify at a public hearing against the Bayou Bridge pipeline, organized by the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Over 200 attended the final public hearing on Feb. 8 in Napoleonville, Assumption Parish held by the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources.

This decision affects all of us, wherever we live. So we want to engage everyone who cares about protecting our land, water and climate to join our efforts to stop the pipeline.

You shouldn’t make this pledge lightly. We certainly don’t ask lightly. We ask in the belief that there are tens of thousands of people out there who feel as strongly as we do, who believe that these circumstances call for extraordinary action, and who want to be part of that action in their community.

And we ask with the faith that those who commit to participate and organize actions will participate only in the most dignified manner.

After all, we are the conservatives, standing up for a safe and secure future for our families. It is those we protest, those who profit from poisoning our water, who violate our property rights, and who are radically altering the chemical composition of our atmosphere — and the prospects for survival of humanity — that are the radicals.

Just as we were successful at stopping Keystone XL, we need to be successful against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

If you are moved — we ask you to sign the pledge. #NoBayouBridge

Thanks for standing with us.

Cherri Foytlin and the Bold Louisiana team

P.S. Click here to chip in $5, $8, $20 or whatever you can to support the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Pledge of Resistance.


REFERENCES:

1. “The Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance,” CREDO.org, 3/6/13.

2. “Dakota Access ‘Bakken’ Pipeline Pledge of Resistance,” BoldIowa.org, 8/24/16.

3. “Three Arrested Stopping Pipeline Construction on Iowa Landowner’s Property Taken by Eminent Domain to Plead Not Guilty,” BoldIowa.org, 11/9/16.

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Over 400 Gulf Protectors Rally and Testify Against Bayou Bridge Pipeline at Public Hearing

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Over 400 pack the overflowing room in Baton Rouge for a public hearing on the Bayou Bridge pipeline. (Photo: Cherri Foytlin)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 13, 2017

Contact:
Cherri Foytlin, Bold Louisiana, 334-462-4484, cherri@boldlouisiana.org
Darryl Malek-Wiley, Sierra Club, 504-427-1885 darryl.malek-wiley@sierraclub.org
Scott Eustis, Gulf Restoration Network, 504-237-0323, scott@healthygulf.org
Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, 504-452-4909, anne@labucketbrigade.org

Over 400 Gulf Protectors Rally and Deliver Testimony Opposing Bayou Bridge Pipeline at Public Hearing in Baton Rouge

Pipeline opponents will also testify at Dept. of Natural Resources public hearing
on Feb. 8 in Napoleonville, Assumption Parish

Baton Rouge — Over 400 concerned citizens packed an overflowing hearing room in Baton Rouge on Thursday evening to voice their concerns about threats posed by the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline during a marathon 5 ½ hour public hearing.

Over 70 citizens testified in opposition to the Bayou Bridge pipeline during the public hearing held by the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with pipeline opponents estimated to have outnumbered those testifying in favor of the pipeline by 5-to-1.

Before the hearing, Gulf Protectors held a rally and “teach-in” about the proposed pipeline outside the Galvez Building, featuring speakers including Anne Rolfes of Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Cherri Foytlin of Bold Louisiana, Scott Eustis of Gulf Restoration Network, Lyla June Johnston, local Baton Rouge civil rights leader “Mamma” Seabell, and Shell refinery community member Iris Carter, among others.

View photos from the “teach-in” rally and inside Bayou Bridge hearing:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-eAjqd5MgaASUpfMFkxbTI3TWs?usp=sharing

In addition, a coalition of local and national grassroots groups — including Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Bold Louisiana, Care2, and Gulf Restoration Network delivered petition signatures and written comment submissions at the hearing from more than 106,000 citizens standing together in opposition to Bayou Bridge.

Quotes from citizens’ testimony at the hearing:

Rachel Roche, Jefferson Davis Parish Landowner:
“This new pipeline adds an additional threat to my rice and crawfish crops because it further threatens our major source for irrigation,” said Rachel Roche. “It threatens the drinking water for me, my family, my neighbors and my livestock… I stand in opposition to this pipeline for the protection of the Atchafalaya and for all of South Louisiana.”

Jody Meche, Commercial Crawfisherman, Council Member for the Town of Henderson:
“The right of way where they propose to put this pipeline in, is an existing out-of-compliance right of way. It’s left behind elevated spoil banks that damages water flow all across the Atchafalaya Basin. It has crippled our ability to make a living as a commercial fisherman in the Atchafalaya Basin,” said commercial crawfisherman Jody Meche. “I appreciate the oil and gas I put in my truck and all the different products manufactured from crude oil, but the amount of money these (oil companies) make from oil and gas, there is no reason we should cripple our environment like it has in the last few decades. It is time for them to conduct business in a way that provided for future generations.”

Rae-lynn Cazelot, Citizen of the United Houma Nation:
“We are at an age where everything is shifting, as well as energy resources are shifting. And so my opposition to this pipeline is one in which I care deeply for this planet,” said Rae-lynn Cazelot of the United Houma Nation. “I pray that we can see things in a long term perspective and not a short term perspective.”

Russel Honore, Green Army:
“Our concern of this pipeline is that we will continue the practice of destroying the Atchafalaya Basin,” said Russel Honore. “We have hundreds of miles of pipelines that run through there now. Many are abandoned, no one claims them and no one is making the people pick them up… You want to go see them? I’ll take you. LDEQ, you do not have the staff to supervise another pipeline. And by the way, the temperature today set a new record at the Baton Rouge airport – 82 degrees, on this day in January. We’ve got a problem and we’ve got to fix it. These pipelines are just endemic of a problem that we’ve got to fix.”

Stephen Wilkerson, Lafayette resident & member of Veterans Stand with Standing Rock:
“These new pipelines that they are planning to put in here are the same pipelines that they put in North Dakota – especially, Billings County. On December 5, a six-inch pipeline spilled 176,000 gallons of crude oil into Ashe Coulee Creek, it went unnoticed for at least six days. This is one of those pipelines that should shut itself down (if a leak is detected)… Let’s talk about jobs. You want to talk about the 12 jobs that are coming? But there is also temporary job, right? They will be temporary during construction, but they will leave. What will also leave is the many rail or truck jobs in the local transportation industry, who will continue to suffer temporary losses… in order to make more money for businesses that are not even in our state.”

Quotes from local groups opposed to Bayou Bridge:

“Many Cajun fisherman delivered heartbreaking accounts of the devastating effects that these pipelines and their illegal spoil-banks have had on livelihoods and culture in The Basin,” said Dean Wilson of Atchafalaya Basinkeeper. “Atchafalaya Basinkeeper demand that the Corps of Engineers starts enforcing the law before any additional pipelines are permitted in the Basin.”

“We need this company to know that the vision we have for our communities does not include more pipelines,” said Cherri Foytlin, state director of Bold Louisiana. “It does not include more land loss or toxic drinking water. It does not include more flooding, or more of our tax dollars going to companies known to pollute us. It does not include temporary jobs, given to people who often don’t even live here. And certainly, it does not include the destruction of the livelihoods of our crawfishers, or the mutilation of a national treasure such as the Atchafalaya Basin.”

“The people have spoken and we don’t want their dirty Bayou Bridge pipeline,” said Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. “The only people in favor were those on the oil industry payroll, including some elected officials they control. But crawfishermen, people from small town Louisiana and we the people delivered a firm message. If they approve this pipeline it will be because the system is rigged. But the movement will only grow. We will put our bodies in front of their bulldozers if we have to. We will stop this pipeline.”

“This pipeline is the largest proposed pipeline impact to wetlands that I’ve seen in my career, and it belongs to a company with one of the worst safety records” said Scott Eustis, Gulf Restoration Network. He continued “We can’t risk 600 acres of storm buffer or the drinking water for over 300,000 residents for another giant pipeline – it’s not worth it.”

“The Corps must do an Environmental Impact Statement on this project,” said Lisa Jordan, attorney with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. “State pipelines, like the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, have the potential to significantly degrade the wetlands of the Atchafalaya Basin. We have seen this phenomenon.”

“I was proud to help deliver a Care2 petition signed by over 106,000 people opposed to Bayou Bridge,” said Aaron Viles of the online community Care2.com. “In addition to thousands from Louisiana, supporters joined from every state in the nation and dozens of other countries. If the world understands that the Atchafalaya Basin is an international treasure that’s worth protecting from this pipeline, why can’t LDEQ and our local lawmakers?”

Pipeline opponents also plan to turn out in force on Feb. 8 in Assumption Parish, for the only other public hearing scheduled where citizens may voice their concerns with the project. The hearing in Napoleonville will focus on Energy Transfer Partners’ application for a Coastal Use Permit from the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources.

Also of note, the LDEQ and Army Corps said this week that they have extended the deadline to submit comments on the Bayou Bridge pipeline project until Feb. 13, 2017.

The proposed Bayou Bridge project is an extension of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The 160-mile pipeline would run through eleven parishes, from Lake Charles to St. James, cutting across nearly 600 acres of wetlands, 700 bodies of water, and causing significant harm to the Atchafalaya Basin — America’s largest natural swamp and home to several endangered species, as well as the commercial crawfishing industry.

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WATCH: Bold Louisiana director Cherri Foytlin testifies at the Bayou Bridge pipeline public hearing on Jan. 12.

Packed house at the Bayou Bridge Pipeline permit hearing on Jan 12, 2016. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)
Bold Louisiana director Cherri Foytlin speaks at a rally before the Bayou Bridge Pipeline permit hearing in Baton Rouge on Jan. 12. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)
Sisters Jayden and Erin Foytlin speak at a rally before the Bayou Bridge Pipeline permit hearing. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)

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Cherri Foytlin, State Director: Cherri Foytlin is an indigenous writer, organizer, advocate, activist, photographer, speaker, and mother of six who lives in south Louisiana. She is the author of Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion, and regularly contributes to www.BridgetheGulfProject.org. In the Spring of 2011 she walked to Washington D.C. from New Orleans (1,243 miles) to call for action to stop the BP Deepwater Drilling Disaster, and has taken direct action in support of human and ecological health of Gulf Coast citizens and communities. She is a Senior Fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics, and a signer of the indigenous Women of the Americas – Defenders of Mother Earth Treaty.

Danielle Fusilier, Program Coordinator: Danielle Fusilier hails from a small town in south Louisiana, where she resides with her two children. She has always had a passion for cultural diversity, social justice and providing a helping hand to those in need. Danielle is a graduate of Acadian Technical College, where she received her certificate in Office Systems Technology.

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Submit a Public Comment on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline

The same company building the Dakota Access pipeline — Energy Transfer Partners — is now applying to build the “Bayou Bridge” pipeline, which would carry oil transported via the Dakota Access pipeline from Nederland, Texas, across the state of Louisiana to refineries and international export terminals located here.

More than 400 Water Protectors showed up to pack the first public hearing on Jan. 12 for Bayou Bridge, where members of the public gave testimony about their concerns with Bayou Bridge to the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality, and Army Corps of Engineers.

UPDATE: A second public hearing for the proposed pipeline’s Coastal Use Permit will be held in Napoleonville at the Assumption Parish Community Center on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:00 p.m. by the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources.

Join us for a RALLY at 5:00 p.m. before the hearing, and hear from speakers who will inspire your testimony!

You can speak out and give oral testimony, or stand with us to make a strong showing of local resistance to Bayou Bridge. Please be prepared with 2-3 minutes of testimony (which you may read off of paper or your phone while testifying).

  • WHAT: Bayou Bridge Pipeline Public Hearing
  • WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 8
    • RALLY: 5:00 p.m.
    • HEARING BEGINS: 6:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Assumption Parish Community Center, 4910 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390 (map)

If you can’t join us at the Feb. 8 hearing — please submit a written comment via the form below. We want to ensure as many voices as possible as heard when we submit written comments with citizens’ concerns about Bayou Bridge. (Note: The deadline to submit written comments to the U.S. Army Corps is January 30. The deadline to submit comments to LA DEQ has been extended to February 13. Bold will deliver final comments submitted to all three agencies on Feb. 12.)

Here are some tips and facts to help compose your written comment or oral testimony:

  • Identify who you are, state that you are opposed to the Bayou Bridge pipeline, and describe how the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline would affect you and the natural environment.
  • Bayou Bridge threatens drinking water. The pipeline route runs through Bayou Lafourche, the drinking water supply for the United Houma Nations and at least 300,000 people total. This potential impact remains overlooked and unconsidered.
  • Bayou Bridge threatens wetlands. Wetlands are sponges for floodwaters. They are vital to a sustainable Southern Louisiana. A Louisiana state agency, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, is frantically working to save our coast. Bayou Bridge runs directly counter to CPRA’s Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.
  • Bayou Bridge will worsen flooding. Degradation of wetland storm buffers will be significant. The Atchafalaya Basin also drains floodwaters. A new pipeline will act as a dam, disrupting the Basin’s natural flow and preventing floodwater discharge. Acadia and Lafayette Parishes would be especially affected. This sort of water management is furthermore inconsistent with the Atchafalaya Basin Plan.
  • Bayou Bridge is a takeover of private lands by eminent domain. This pipe would potentially use eminent domain to seize private property, and create spoil banks of excess dirt in its path. These spoil banks block the free flow of water, flooding landowners and obstructing waterways used by fisherfolk and boaters.
  • Bayou Bridge is not in the public interest. Our country already produces more energy than it needs. The fracked oil from Bayou Bridge will be sold to the highest bidders. The pipe would simply provide fuel for greedy interests. People are more important than profits.
  • Bayou Bridge represents Energy Transfer Partners. That’s the same company working to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, the same company terrorizing peaceful water protectors. It’s a company with a terrible accident record and a company that hasn’t developed disaster-response plans for Bayou Bridge. The company’s existing right-of-way for Bayou Bridge is even out of permit compliance, right this very moment.
  • Climate change is key. Our region already feels its effects. A NOAA study found that human-caused warming made the great Louisiana floods of March and August 40% more likely.

Written comments may also be emailed or mailed directly to:

  • LA DEQ: DEQ.PUBLICNOTICES@LA.GOV (include WQC Application Number: WQC 160921-03)
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      Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-4313
  • Army Corps of Engineers: (include Permit Application Number: MVN-2015-02295-WII)
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      P.O. Box 60267
      New Orleans, LA 70160-0267
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Support Bold action to stop Trump, Keystone XL and Dakota Access

While many of us are looking forward to putting 2016 behind us, we here at Bold are reflecting on what was an amazing year of growth for us — and gearing up for big battles to come in 2017.

In 2016, the Bold Alliance launched nationwide, expanding on Bold Nebraska’s successful organizing model of unlikely alliances protecting the land and water.

We grew our team from three to eight Bold staff members in Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

Bold worked with union and progressive partners to stop the TPP, a trade deal bad for family farmers and ranchers but great for Big Corporations.

We stood with Standing Rock to help stop the Dakota Access pipeline, building tiny solar-powered barns to shelter Water Protectors and delivering meat and supplies to the front lines. We organized nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to stop Dakota Access pipeline construction across Iowa and proudly stood with landowners as they fight to end eminent domain for private gain pipelines.

In Oklahoma, we raised awareness about the “frackquakes” caused by wastewater injection. And in Nebraska, landowners are still in court fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, as TransCanada refuses to follow a court order to pay all their legal fees for wrongly using eminent domain.

This year, Bold Louisiana organized with allies to halt new permits for oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. We also worked to strengthen front line support and collaboration with grassroots organizations across the United States, and launched an #ArcticToGulfSolidarity campaign to protect our regions from offshore drilling in public waters.

We provided direct support to communities affected by the Louisiana flood of 2016 — building materials, emergency supplies, family holiday support, and labor-intensive rebuilding efforts. Bold Louisiana also successfully petitioned the Administration to be more inclusive of rural communities in flood relief FEMA efforts.

Our “A Front Line Holiday” gift drive is right now generating donations of gifts for families across the country who are living in front-line communities affected by fossil fuel extraction and climate change. (There’s still time to buy a Front Line Holiday gift for a family from their Amazon wish list! Click here.)

Bold also helped further discussion and took action around just transition in the Gulf region in 2016, working with coalition partners to organize the “Another Gulf is Possible” week of action, and a Gulf regional Just Transition Solidarity Summit.

In 2017, Bold Louisiana will set its sights on stopping the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline, providing support to landowners and fisher folk in the path and organizing for the upcoming public hearing in Baton Rouge on Jan. 12, 2017. We’ll also go on the offense to end new oil drilling and fracking in the Gulf of Mexico, and demand action to clean up the 27,000+ abandoned and leaking oil wells in our state and adjacent public waters.

Become a Bold sustaining donor today, and build a strong foundation for us to continue our work to protect our land, water and climate.

Your recurring monthly donation of $5, $8, $20 or more will empower us to expand the pace of our creative direct actions at the grassroots level. 

Click here to become a Bold sustaining donor (or, make a one-time donation)*.

*All donors will receive a limited edition sticker as a thank-you. Donors who give $100 or more from today through Jan. 3 will receive our new Bold t-shirt, which reads: “Water Protector. Land Defender. Pipeline Fighter.”

During the holidays, we will recharge and celebrate with family and friends.

But we are also making time to organize, and prepare to defend our victories to stop Keystone XL and Dakota Access from a Trump administration that has already indicated it will work to undo President Obama’s and Water Protectors’ efforts.

In fact, we are proud to announce the creation of three new Bold staff jobs — Pipeline Fighters who will be deployed to heated local fights in various regions throughout the country, to lift up the grassroots work and help organize landowners and Native allies. [1]

With Trump nominating Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to be our Secretary of State; climate denier Pruitt to be head of the EPA; and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s on the board of the company building the Dakota Access pipeline, and promised to eliminate the Dept. of Energy, to head the Dept. of Energy — we have our work cut out for us in 2017 to defend our progress.

Become a Bold sustaining donor, an investment to grow our work to protect our land, water and climate.

Thanks for standing with us.

Jane Kleeb and the Bold Louisiana team

[1] “Bold Hiring for New Pipeline Fighter Staff Positions,” BoldAlliance.org, 12/20/16.


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Stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline

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Yesterday the world witnessed the police assault upon peaceful water protectors who are holding the line at Standing Rock to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

If built, this pipeline would threaten the drinking water for millions of people. Our hearts are with Standing Rock and those who are holding sacred ground to stop this destructive and dangerous project.

Here in the Gulf we are engaged with a similar struggle to protect our waters and lands – and by the same company, Energy Transfer.

One week ago today this company, owners of Sunoco Logistics, spilled an estimated 55,000 gallons of gasoline into Wallis Run, a tributary that bleeds into the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.

Now Energy Transfer wants us to trust them to build and maintain the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which would carry oil transported via the Dakota Access pipeline from Nederland, Texas, across the state and to refineries and international export terminals in Louisiana.

If built, the Bayou Bridge pipeline would cross 11 parishes, 700 bodies of water, and negatively impact over 600 acres of our precious wetlands.

These wetlands are South Louisiana’s buffer to life-stealing hurricanes and our sponge that keeps devastating floods, like we have recently experienced, at bay.

Even more maddening, Energy Transfer has yet to develop any sort of disaster response plan should this pipeline rupture, nor have they been required by the Army Corps of Engineers to provide an Environmental Impact Statement.

On behalf of future generations, in solidarity with Standing Rock, and in protection of our land and waters, we cannot allow the Bayou Bridge Pipeline to be built.

Local citizens, landowners, and organizations are teaming up to stop this pipeline, but we need your help.

Sign the petition calling for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the Army Corps of Engineers to deny permit approval for Bayou Bridge.

We at Bold Louisiana are asking folks to contact Elizabeth Hill, Head of Water Quality Certification at LDEQ by phone at 225-219-3225 or by email elizabeth.hill@la.gov.

Tell Ms. Hill and LDEQ that South Louisiana residents deserve an opportunity to be heard and to immediately schedule public hearings regarding the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

We do not want this dirty pipeline running through our pristine wetlands, furthering the effects of climate change and potentially causing more destructive flooding.

Please act TODAY! The public comment period for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline closes on *Wednesday, November 2*.

Thank you for taking action and standing with us.

Cherri Foytlin and the Bold Louisiana team

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