Tell Louisiana Agencies: Do Not Undermine Coastal Restoration

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Tell Louisiana Agencies: Do Not Undermine Coastal Restoration

The State of Louisiana is currently considering a proposal to put a massive oil export terminal, the Plaquemines Liquids Terminal (PLT), directly adjacent to Louisiana’s cornerstone coastal restoration project, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.


The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality announced a joint hearing that will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2020 in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, but the state has not released information about how the terminal will impact our coast.

 

Before this meeting can take place we need answers and we need YOUR help:

  1. Demand all the information: The state has not released information about how this project will impact coastal restoration and the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.
  2. Demand transparency: The Plaquemines Liquids Terminal raises serious concerns of pollution and traffic for nearby communities. Concerns over air quality and coastal use are two very distinct issues that should be handled in two distinct public meetings. Each agency should hold its own separate hearing to share key information, hear public concerns and consider the impacts to our coast.

 

Tell the state: No public meetings until our questions are answered!

Recipients

  • Andi Zachary, Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Public Participation Group

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Tell Louisiana Agencies: Do Not Undermine Coastal Restoration

Dear [Decision Maker],

The Plaquemines Liquids Terminal (PLT) threatens to seriously diminish the effectiveness of one of Louisiana's premier projects for restoring coastal wetlands, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion (MBSD).

I am greatly concerned that the proposed terminal's proximity to MBSD would significantly diminish the project's ability to deliver sediment and build and maintain vital coastal wetlands. The terminal would compromise the effectiveness of the cornerstone restoration project in the state's Coastal Master Plan.

Additionally, the project could introduce significant air and water pollution to an already fragile ecosystem and negatively affect nearby communities.
I am very distressed to hear that the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality have decided to hold a joint hearing on the environmental impacts of the Plaquemines Liquid Terminal before the public and stakeholders have been provided vital information about the terminal's impact on this critical restoration project.

I urge you to delay any public meetings until modeling has been released to the public about how this terminal will impact the diversion's ability to build and maintain vital coastal wetlands.

Additionally, I am requesting that you separate any public meetings into ones focused on air quality and ones focused on coastal use. These are two very distinct concerns that should be handled separately by each of your agencies in distinct public meetings.

Please delay any public meetings until we understand how this project will impact the diversion and its ability to build and maintain critical wetlands. Please also ensure that there are separate meetings ones focused on air quality concerns and others focused on coastal impacts.

Best regards,
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