Our goal is to urge the Obama Administration to stop the March 2017 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) lease sale to Big Oil of "all available acreage" (47 million acres) in the central Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil and gas drilling, and to remove drilling in the Gulf from the agency's draft five-year plan.
From 2010 – 2014, the Obama Administration approved over 1,500 permit applications for hydraulic fracturing in the Gulf, while in the Haynesville Shale, more than 2,200 fracking wells have been drilled. Our goal is to end fracking across Louisiana and in the Gulf of Mexico.
Our region is home to many workers who are without jobs, due to continued investment and governmental support for a dying industry, which has also systemically denied them participation in the current and growing world shift toward renewable and clean energy economies. Meanwhile, over 27,000 leaking and abandoned wells and oil infrastructures are in need of remediation, and fence line refinery community members continue to bear the health, ecological and economic burden of ineffective regulation and lack of political will for protection. This lack of response and vision on the part of our leaders, perpetuates the continuing cycle of generational poverty to which this region has already suffered from for far too long.
Historically the State of Louisiana has been one of economic disparity, yet culturally and naturally one of the richest places in the United States. It is time that our state and federal policies align and reflect the integral role our communities play to the Nation. Continued investment in destructive industries, such as the fossil fuels, holds our state and region back by continuing to develop resources that do not have a long term or sustainable future. We can create jobs now by investing in repairing aging infrastructure as well as building around a robust renewable energy economy while we move towards a just transition for us all.
Today, the State of Louisiana loses a football field of land every hour to climate change-fueled erosion, with over 1 million football fields of land gone to date. We must take steps to #ActOnClimate to ensure a healthy, livable Gulf and planet for our children and generations to come.