Our federal government continues to sell blocks of ocean to fossil fuel interests. We made ourselves known at the Superdome, in March 2016. Officials responded by moving all future auctions online. The 2017-2022 offshore auction plan kept drilling out of the Atlantic and most of the Arctic. Yet our Gulf remains a sacrifice zone.
Our government is now collecting public input on its two Gulf auctions planned for 2018. Use this opportunity to share your vision of a clean Gulf!
The Bakken Fields of North Dakota put fracking on the map. Energy Transfer Partners wants to move that gooey black all the way down to the Gulf. We’ve got the refineries! We’ve got the ports! First step: build the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last step: build the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. We are working with the No Bayou Bridge Coalition to make sure that the best interest of the community and the environment cannot be ignored. The NoBBP Coalition is composed of The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Gulf Restoration Network, BOLD Louisiana, L’eau Est La Vie Camp, The Sierra Club Delta Chapter, and the H.E.L.P. Association of St. James.
Sustainable Energy for New Orleans
We are interveners on the 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The IRP outlines the city’s 20-year outlook for electricity supply and demand. We are pushing for ambitious goals in energy efficiency and a growing supply of renewables, in accordance with the city’s Climate Action Plan. We are focusing on issues of environmental justice and work for greater transparency and community involvement in the IRP process.
No New CT Plant in New Orleans East
Additionally, we are advocating against Entergy New Orleans’ (ENO) proposed new gas fired power plant in N.O.East. The proposed plant options will not only worsen climate change, but are also costly for ratepayers, pose health threats from pollutants, is racially discriminatory, and lacks public input. Sitting next to a levee, the site of the old plant is sinking faster than the rest of our already subsiding land. Entergy is a regulated monopoly in New Orleans, so City Council has full say in the energy direction of our city. We are pushing them to consider the real costs of this plant.