Call Of The Day: Oppose Building A New Gas Plant In The Floodplain Of New Orleans East

With the advances in technology, which we see in more productivity with the use of less energy overall, why hasn't Entergy presented any clean energy options that are cost effective, and less expensive than traditional power with fossil fuels?  Because Entergy makes money one of two ways; either they sell more energy, or they build big capital projects, ... big capital projects where the consumers take all the risks, ... for every dollar of building, every dollar of operating costs, and every dollar for the fuel.

By Entergy's own data, 98 to 99% of the 2,000 power outages we experience in New Orleans each year have nothing to do with the power plant.  The issue is the neglected and crumbling infrastructure, ... the distribution system that brings the power down the street to our homes and businesses.  But infrastructure is not a profit center like big capital projects, ... not like a gas-fired, peaking power plant that will sit idle 85 to 90 percent of the year, ... built in the designated wetlands of a federal flood plain.  

Nevertheless, Entergy stoked the fears of the New Orleans City Council, who are feeling stung following last year's Sewerage and Water Board fiasco's, and convinced them to approve the gas plant. So what can we do now? 

Visit the No Gas Plant Facebook page here.

You can read in The New Orleans Advocate where Entergy cut its local support for WBOK radio station here, after a $20,000 check had already been cut.

At least one local physician is concerned with triggering asthma flareups, which you can read in a Letter to the Editor of the Times-Picayune here.

Who To Call:  Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is toll-free at 1-866-896-5337, between 8 am and 4:30 pm.  NOTE:  You can also file email objections with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality at deq.publicnotices@la.gov.

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

This [call/email] is in reference to AI Number 32494, Permit Number 2140-00014-V5B or 2140-00014-IV4 and 2140-00014-V5A, and Activity Number PER20170007 or PER20170008 and PER20170009.

[Use any or all of the following talking points in your call or email.]

  • Don't build a natural-gas fired power plant in a Louisiana federal flood plain, a designated wetlands
  • Don't increase the pollution in a New Orleans urban residential community
  • There have been NO public hearings in St. Bernard Parish, that will also be significantly affected
  • Entergy used customer payments to pay people to testify in favor of the gas plant, and block testimony of people not in favor of the gas plant
  • Entergy has not provided alternative, safer, less polluting sources of energy, other than high capital projects that benefit shareholders
  • New Orleans customers cannot afford the gas plant
  • New Orleans has air pollution from other parishes now, but this will increase our pollution.
  • The new plant will attract dirty industries that will build near it, as they did by the one at Taft
  • This new level of industry will foul the air of many residential communities in New Orleans.

This Call of the Day is largely based on the Resistance Radio interview with Forrest Bradley Wright with the Alliance For Affordable Energy (which you can access here), and information provide by A Community Voice ~ Louisiana, who's website you can access here.