Call Of The Day: Demand Answers On The Bayou Bridge Pipeline's Environmental Impact

This week, in conjunction with our free screening of An Inconvenient Sequel, we'll be focusing our call scripts on efforts to fight climate change and the erosion of environmental protections.

Speaking of which...

Thank you again to everybody who came out to see the movie Wednesday night. It was an eye-opening look behind the curtain at the fight against climate change on an international level, and how we can all take action on the city, state, and national level.

Thanks also goes to our guest speakers, including Siobhan Foley, from the Mayor's Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Will Koren from the Citizens' Climate Lobby of NOLA, Renate Heurich from 350.org, and Logan Burke from the Alliance for Affordable Energy.  We got lots of great information about what our local governments are doing to combat climate change, and solid tips on how to urge them on to even greater action right now.

One of the topics discussed was the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, a 162 mile proposed pipeline that would transport crude oil from Lake Charles to St. James, cutting straight through the Atchafalaya Basin.  (It's the tail end of the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline, against which protestors at Standing Rock waged a valiant struggle for years.)

Even a single leak from the pipeline could endanger the drinking water for over 300,000 people, as well as devastate crawfish farms, drainage patterns, even evacuation routes for St. James Parish.

The Department of Natural Resources issued a permit for the pipeline back in April.  Rep. Cedric Richmond has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to commission a full investigation into how the pipeline would affect the local environment, but he hasn't found much support from the Governor, who publicly supported the pipeline back in January.

That's why we need to call the Governor and demand the facts.  An environmental impact study (EIS), an official document which examines the positive and negative effects a given action would have on the surrounding environment, would be invaluable in understanding just how the Bayou Bridge Pipeline would impact our state.  After all, we can't know what we don't know.

WHO TO CALL:

Governor John Bel Edwards

Governor Edwards:  (225) 342-0991 or (844) 860-1413

Reminders:  Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I'm calling the Governor today because I'm concerned about the potential environmental impact of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, and I want the Governor to demand an environmental impact statement on the project.  The citizens of Louisiana deserve to know how this pipeline will affect our drinking water, our crawfish farms, and our drainage systems.

Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones.

This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.