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Dear President Obama, Love The Gulf (again)

 

Dear Mr. President,

As you may recall, we wrote to you before about protecting the entire Gulf of Mexico from new oil and gas leasing. On that same day, Friday, November 18th the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released its 2017-2022 five-year plan for oil and gas drilling. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of numerous grassroots and national environmental organizations, the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, as well as the Atlantic Ocean, were excluded from the plan. Although Gulf Coast residents and numerous national organizations have also been extremely vocal in our desire to end new offshore drilling and transition to sustainable, renewable energy sources, the Gulf of Mexico remains in the five-year plan. The plan includes 10 region-wide leases in the Gulf of Mexico from 2017 through 2022. This announcement was a huge disappointment to those of us who live, work, and play along the Gulf of Mexico.

Another Gulf Is Possible (AGIP) is a collaborative of individuals, businesses, and grassroots, frontline organizations from all five Gulf Coast states and our national allies. Many of us have been working in concerted effort together since our region suffered from the country’s largest environmental disaster as a direct result of offshore drilling, Deepwater Horizon. We do not want to see this kind of disaster ever again off our shores. As such, AGIP seeks permanent protection for the Gulf of Mexico Eastern Planning Area, which is currently under moratorium until 2022, from offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling.

Members of AGIP recently traveled to Washington D.C. to discuss this request and other issues with members of the House and Senate. As this request is a nonpartisan issue that will benefit our climate and coastal communities, we expect to have full support from all the coastal states on this matter.

The Gulf of Mexico is a unique, diverse, ecosystem that provides habitat to a wide array of species while providing a historical legacy for fisher folk, ecotourism, and a robust beach economy. Although we will continue to fight for the protection for all of the Gulf of Mexico, including the support of a bilateral agreement with both the United States and Mexico on the existing and new Gulf of Mexico Oil leases to ensure the safety of our coast, we ask at this time for the permanent protection for the Gulf of Mexico Eastern Planning Area from offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling.

Sincerely,

Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative:

Mary Gutierrez, Executive Director, Earth Action, Inc., Pensacola, FL

Cheryl Foytlin, Director, Bold Louisiana, Rayne, LA

Jayeesha Dutta, Co-Founder, Radical Arts & Healing Collective, New Orleans, LA

Juan Parras, Executive Director and Founder, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, Houston, TX

Monique Verdin, Council Member, United Houma Nation, St. Bernard, LA

Rebekah Hinojosa, Save RGV from LNG, Weslaco, TX

Catherine Coleman Flowers, Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise, Montgomery, AL

Jackie Antalan, Executive Director, Operation HomeCare, Inc., Mobile, AL

Dr. Enid Sisskin, Director, Gulf Coast Defense Fund, Florida

Kathy Randels, Artistic Director, ArtSpot Productions, New Orleans, LA

Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club, Austin, TX

Kenneth L. Heck, Jr. Professor and Chair, University Programs, Dauphin Island Sea Lab and University of South Alabama, Dauphin Island, AL

Kim Ross, President, ReThink Energy Florida

Elizabeth MacWhinnie, Board of Directors, Earth Ethics, Inc., Florida

David Underhill, Conservation Chair, Mobile Bay Sierra Club, Mobile, AL

Jennifer Crosslin, Steps Coalition, Biloxi, MS

Raleigh Hoke, Campaign Director, Gulf Restoration Network, New Orleans, LA

Renate Heurich, Co-Founder, 350 Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

Nick Slie, Artistic Director, Mondo Bizarro, New Orleans, LA

Holly Parker, Florida Regional Manager, Surfrider Foundation

Perry Graham, Juris Doctor Candidate, Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans, LA

Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, New Orleans, LA

Jennifer Rubiello, State Director, Environment Florida

Benjamin Franklin Craft-Rendon, Solidarity Houston, Houston, TX

Scott Eustis, Gulf Restoration Network, New Orleans, LA

Stephanie Montalvo, Executive Director, Brighter Future Foundation, Florida

Jackie Lane, Friends of Perdido Bay, Florida

Marissa Knodel, Climate Campaigner, Friends of the Earth, Washington, D.C.

Sherrie Anne Andre, The FANG Collective, Providence, RI

Molly Murphy and Anna Lee, Co-directors, Working Films, Wilmington, NC

Miyoko Sakashita, Oceans Director, Center for Biological Diversity, Oakland, CA

Deirdre Shelly, US National Organizer, 350.org

Kelly Mitchell, Energy Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA

Rick Steiner, Oasis Earth, Anchorage, AK

Catherine Thomasson, MD, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Saren McAllister, Biloxi, MS

Joan Allen, Pensacola, FL

Wallis Mahute, Milton, FL

Carole Tebay, Milton, FL

Eugenia Ruth Buchanan, Pensacola, FL

Patricia Edmisten, Pensacola, FL

Janet DeLorge, Pensacola, FL

Frances Dunham, Gulf Breeze, FL

Allan Peterson, Gulf Breeze, FL

Marsha King, Pace, FL

Gina Cooke, Pensacola, FL

Frankie VanHorn-Harris, Pensacola, FL

Paula Montgomery, Pensacola, FL

 

Dear President Obama, Love the Gulf

Dear (Still) President Obama,

You know us and you know our stories. You know our tragedies, our disasters, and our peril – Katrina, Rita, the BP oil disaster, daily oil spills and all-too-regular fossil fuel related accidents. Not to mention, we’re losing a football field of wetlands an hour in Louisiana, caused by the combined impact of oil and gas infrastructure along with sea level rise due to climate change, eroding our first line of defense from increasingly strong storms. We are the frontline, grassroots communities of the Gulf Coast resisting the continued extraction of our land and our waters. And, we refuse to be a sacrifice zone for this country any longer.

Your administration had the prescience to take the Arctic and the Atlantic off the table for oil and gas lease sales through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Are we not worth the same consideration?

We believe our waters, our people, our cultures and our communities are worthy of these same protections.

We, the people of the Gulf South, no longer stand for being the sacrificial zone for industry, for oil and gas exploration and drilling, coal extraction, deep-well injection, fracking and all other extractive activities that harm our environment, our communities and our cultures.

We have spoken. No New Leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Hear us.

We have a moral and ethical responsibility to change the trajectory we are on for the survival of our people and our planet.

We do not know what the next years will bring us with a new climate-change denying administration. Right now, you could provide the Gulf South with a window of opportunity for a just transition to an environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant future.

We need you, President Obama, in your last 100 days to stand with us and protect our precious Gulf Of Mexico and its people.

We live at the front lines of climate change impacts and ground zero for extractive industry.

Standing with us is standing for the future of our planet and generations to come.

Water Is Life.

Please, President Obama, declare No New Leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Sincerely,

Barbara Albrecht, Panhandle Watershed Alliance, Pensacola, FL

Maria Aguiar, Bradenton, FL

Marta Badon, New Orleans, LA

Liz Barry, Public Lab, New Orleans, LA

Stephen Bradberry, Alliance Institute, New Orleans, LA

Imani Jacqueline Brown, Blights Out, New Orleans, LA

Alicia Cooke, 350 Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

Catherine Coleman Flowers, Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise, Montgomery, AL

Jennifer Crosslin, Steps Coalition, Biloxi, MS

Shannon Dosemagen, New Orleans, LA

Sandra Doney, Slidell, LA

Jayeesha Dutta, Radical Arts and Healing Collective, New Orleans, LA

Scott Eustis, New Orleans, LA

Leah Fishbein, Radical Arts and Healing Collective, New Orleans, LA

Cherri Foytlin, BOLD Louisiana, Rayne, LA

Benjamin Franklin Craft-Rendon, Solidarity Houston, Houston, TX

Sarah Fritz, Metairie, LA

Shana griffin, New Orleans, LA

Mary Gutierrez, Earth Action, Inc., Pensacola, FL

Renate Heurich, 350 Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

Rebekah Hinojosa,Save RGV from LNG, Weslaco, TX

Raleigh Hoke, Gulf Restoration Network, New Orleans, LA

Sarah Howard, New Orleans, LA

Frances Kelley, 350 Shreveport, Shreveport, LA

Klie Kleibert, Public Lab, New Orleans, LA

Danny Le, Boat People SOS Gulf Coast, Biloxi, MS

Kandice Legleu, Alliance Institute, New Orleans, LA

Ellen Lewis, Public Lab, New Orleans, LA

Rebeccah Lloyd, Louisiana Master Naturalist Program of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity, St. Petersburg, FL

LeAnn Magee, Voices of St. Tammany, Abita Springs, LA

Saren McAllister, Biloxi, MS

Tim McLean, New Orleans, LA

Luke Metzger, Environment Texas, Austin, TX

Stephanie Montalvo, Brighter Future Foundation, Hallandale, FL

Diana Morgan, Sierra Club, Slidell, LA

Yudith Nieto, The Community of Manchester, Houston, TX

Eric Nost, New Orleans, LA

Bryan Parras, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, Houston, TX

Adrienne Petrosini, New Orleans, LA

Ben Quimby, New Orleans, LA

Kathy Randels, ArtSpot Productions, New Orleans, LA

Cyrus Reed, Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club, Austin, TX

Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, New Orleans, LA

Joanna Russo, Mondo Bizarro, New Orleans, LA

Bonny Schumaker, On Wings of Care, Inc., New Orleans, LA

Steve Shepard, Gulf Coast Group MS Sierra Club, Gautier, MS

Ruth Story, Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO), Gulfport, MS

Jessica R.Z. Simms, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA

Nick Slie, Mondo Bizarro, New Orleans, LA

Ramsey Sprague, Mobile, AL

Aly Tharp, ATXEJ and Tar Sands Blockade, Austin, TX

David Underhill, Mobile, AL

Monique Verdin, United Houma Nation, St. Bernard, LA

Margie Vicknair-Pray, Sierra Club, Lacombe, LA

Jeff Warren, Public Lab, New Orleans, LA

Ann-Meredith Wootton, Radical Arts and Healing Collective, New Orleans, LA

Gulf Grassroots Response to BOEM 5 Year Plan PRESS RELEASE

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