Gulf Restoration Network

United for a Healthy Gulf

 

Current Actions

  • No Coal Trains in Our Communities

    An out-of-state company, RAM Terminals, wants to build a coal export terminal near Ironton and Myrtle Grove that would start long, heavy coal trains running through the West Bank. This would mean more air pollution and more bad traffic.

    Together, we can prevent coastal Louisiana from becoming a dirty coal corridor. Please sign this petition to stop coal trains and demand that public officials stand for our coast and communities, not for coal.

  • Protect our Waters--Say No to Sabal Trail!

    Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC wants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve its proposal for a natural gas pipeline that would cut a swath across the wetlands, forests, springs and rivers of Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

    Gulf Coast waterways are already under threat from runoff pollution, oil and gas extraction, and overpumping. The Sabal Trail pipeline would make us more vulnerable to sinkholes, gas leaks and aquifer contamination. The safety of our communities and the health of our waters are too important to take this risk, and we can say 'no'!

    Tell the FERC that they must protect our water and deny Sabal Trail's proposed pipeline!

    Please take a moment to add your own thoughts or edits. Personalized letters will have a greater impact.

  • Don't Frack our Wetlands

    Helis Oil and Gas and a private landowner, Ed Poitevent, want to make a buck off the waters of St.Tammany Parish, without concern for the communities that they will be polluting. There is no reason to clear 10 acres of wetland forest for a frack pad and unlined waste pit--in fact, there is every reason not to. Fracking threatens our wetlands, our wildlife and our drinking water.

    Tell the Army Corps and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality that you won't stand for fracking in St. Tammany.

    Please take a moment to add your own thoughts or edits. Personalized letters will have a greater impact.

  • Tell BP to Come Clean


    On Sunday, April 20th, the nation marked the fourth year since the beginning of the BP disaster. BP America’s President John Mingé chose this moment to declare that “[n]o company has done more to help a region recover.” We beg to differ.

    As BP pumps millions of dollars into misleading PR, Gulf residents continue to witness the impacts of the 2010 drilling disaster. Enough is enough. Join us in telling BP and state and federal leaders that we aren’t fooled by BP’s self-serving spin. Sign the petition below to demand that BP take responsibility and restore the Gulf!

  • Take The Fisherman's Pledge!

    Do you enjoy fishing and want to ensure that healthy fisheries are available for generations to come? Your voice is important to how our country’s fisheries are managed! Join fellow anglers who believe in protecting our oceans and conserving the life within them. Take the Fisherman’s Conservation Corps Pledge and encourage our nation’s leaders to restore and protect the health of our ocean ecosystems and ensure the health of the fish populations that are the lifeblood of our business and sport. Anglers like you are helping to advance better policies for restoring and protecting the health of our oceans -- join us today!

  • Save the Bait

    Help us protect one of the “most important fish” in the Gulf! Menhaden, or pogies, are a small bait fish at the base of the Gulf’s food web, but unfortunately, two large companies vacuum an average of one billion pounds of pogies out of the Gulf every year with little oversight. In the process of vacuuming up whole schools of menhaden, industrial pogie boats are also catching unknown amounts of other marine life. Many of the fish we catch and eat rely on pogies as a primary food source. We need to make sure that the pogie boats aren’t putting the Gulf’s marine life at risk. 

    Join us in demanding that the GSMFC do more to protect the pogies and our Gulf by signing the petition below, and sharing it with your friends!

  • Protect Our Coasts and Climate


    Across the Gulf, communities are struggling with the consequences of climate change, including rising sea levels, severe weather, habitat loss and ocean acidification. The Gulf is truly ground zero for the impacts of climate change, and it's time our decision makers did something about it.  

    Almost 40% of US carbon pollution comes from power plants, yet these facilities have no limits on how much of this climate change-causing pollution they can dump into the air. The Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the responsibility for setting pollution standards, and they are considering such standards right now. Take action now and tell EPA to set strong carbon pollution limits on power plants.

    Please take a moment to add your own thoughts or edits. Personalized letters will have a greater impact.

  • Tell EPA to Stop Stalling on Dispersants


    It’s been almost four years since the beginning of the BP disaster, yet, despite promises of prompt action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to reform rules governing the use of dispersants for oil spill response. Every day EPA stalls, means another day that our coastal communities are at risk.

    The people of the Gulf deserve better. Tell EPA and the Office of Management and Budget to move this process along and publish updated rules before the next major disaster!

    Please take a moment to add your own thoughts or edits. Personalized letters will have a greater impact.

  • Tell LA to Take Action on Dead Zone Pollution


    From the Gulf Dead Zone, to harmful algae blooms, to fish kills, nitrogen and phosphorus pollution is a real problem in Louisiana and the Gulf. However, not enough has been done to fight this pollution. Despite the dire need for action, Louisiana’s most recent draft plan for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, which is known as the Draft Nutrient Management Strategy, does little to promote new programs and goals to reduce this pollution.

    The state can’t just keep ignoring the problem and hoping it goes away. Take action below to weigh in on the state’s plan and tell the state to set quantifiable goals and stay accountable to those goals.

    Please take a moment to add your own thoughts or edits. Personalized letters will have a greater impact.
  • Tell EPA to Protect Floridians from Acid Fracking

    Right now, out-of-state oil companies are quietly moving ahead with efforts to open up hundreds of thousands of acres of land to “acid fracking” in Collier County, just east of Naples. Florida "acid fracking" injects massive quantities of fresh water, chemicals and salt water into the layer below the aquifer that provides most of us with drinking water. And while the threat may be gravest right now in Collier County, mining and groundwater rights have been sold under subdivisions throughout the state.

    Community members are rising up against this threat, and they need your help. Call on the EPA to protect Florida families from dangerous drilling and deny the injection well permit on the proposed Golden Gate acid fracking project east of Naples.

    Please take a moment to add your own thoughts or edits. Personalized letters will have a greater impact.

  • Coast Not Coal


    Two newly-proposed coal export terminals along the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana threaten crucial coastal restoration plans and neighboring communities.

    Coal-carrying barges dump coal in the river. Coal export terminals release clouds of coal dust that cover homes, boats, cars, and coastal wetlands with black soot. And these proposed coal terminals will interfere with the restoration of Barataria marshes - central to restoring Louisiana's coastal lines of defense. We can stop it by sending a strong message to the Army Corps to protect our coast and restoration projects from a unnecessary, dirty coal export terminals.

    Send a note to Colonel Hansen at the Army Corps of Engineers asking him to prioritize coast and a healthy Gulf economy over dirty coal export terminals.

    Please take a moment to add your own thoughts or edits to the letter below. Personalized letters will have a greater impact.

  • Drilling On Mississippi's Coast?

    Recently, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) ruled to open Mississippi state waters to seismic testing, leasing, drilling and other oil and gas activities. Inviting these drilling rigs to Mississippi’s coast threatens the natural and scenic value of the coast, and endangers the environmental and economic future of coastal communities. The release of this review opens the door for the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to offer a lease sale and open drilling along the coast, despite widespread public opposition and our ongoing legal suit against these seismic and leasing rules. However, the decision ultimately lies with Governor Bryant.

    Please send a note to Governor Bryant and MDA urging them to stand up for the health of our coast and economy by rejecting oil and gas activity in state waters.

    Please take a moment to add your own thoughts or edits. Personalized letters will have a greater impact.

  • Chefs’ and Restaurateurs’ Letter Supporting Shifting Gears to Protect Bluefin Tuna

    Please join Chef Susan Spicer, Chef Sue Zemanick, Chef Adolfo Garcia, Chef Naomi Pomeroy, Chef Christopher Lynch, and others in signing this Chefs and Restaurateurs letter in support of the proposed NOAA rule to stop the waste of bluefin tuna!

    The Gulf of Mexico provides important habitat for rare and beautiful marine species including the spawning Western Atlantic bluefin tuna. Even before damages wrought by the BP drilling disaster, bluefin and other species faced a significant threat from surface longline fishing. Chefs are in the unique position to advocate for stopping the waste, understanding both the daily demand and the need to protect the future resource.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released proposed rules for protecting bluefin, but more still needs to be done. Take action below to sign your name to a letter to NOAA urging them to strengthen these rules, and support funding, with BP fines, the transition to alternative gear.

    Click here to read the letter, then sign-on to it using the form below. 

  • Restore the Wetlands - Protect the People

    One source of funding for MRGO restoration projects is through the RESTORE Act, which could send billions of dollars to the Gulf Coast for ecosystem restoration. This funding will come from Clean Water Act penalties to be paid by responsible parties involved in the BP Oil Disaster of 2010, which is currently being litigated. Restoration project lists that will benefit from the RESTORE Act are currently being made by federal, state, and local governments. We are in the midst of an important opportunity to ensure MRGO-area projects are in line to receive funding. Make sure decision-makers prioritize the projects that will protect the Greater New Orleans area and restore the coastal habitat that has been destroyed. Send a note to the RESTORE Council and the State of Louisiana today! Thank you!

  • Protect Mississippi's Coast from Drilling

     In February 2012, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) rushed to finalize new rules for oil and gas drilling in Mississippi’s coastal waters, and around Gulf Islands National Seashore, despite a public outcry urging them to reject the rules. Opening up state waters to oil and gas activities could have a big impact on the coastal tourism industry. Rigs and platforms also mean more pipelines, more industrial ship traffic, and a greater risk of accidents like the BP disaster. Plus, seismic exploration could threaten the health of marine mammals like dolphins, and temporarily scare away abundant recreational and commercial fish populations. 


    Gulf Restoration Network and our allies filed a lawsuit to stop these rules from coming into effect, but the decision ultimately lies with the Governor and other state officials. Now is the time to tell Governor Bryant and other state leaders to reject this economically and environmentally destructive proposal.

    Please personalize your message for maximum impact.
  • Hold BP Accountable - Restore the Gulf

    As the trial for the BP disaster continues, it’s more important than ever that the Justice Department holds BP accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Between the court of public opinion and the actual courtroom, BP is doing everything they can to downplay the extent of the damage and minimize their punishment for violating the Clean Water Act.

    The oil is still here, and still impacting the people and wildlife of the Gulf. From March through August of 2013, over three million pounds of oiled material were collected in Louisiana alone.

    Take action below to tell the Justice Department to stand strong and hold BP fully accountable for its actions and the restoration of the Gulf.

    Please take a moment to add your own thoughts or edits. Personalized letters will have a greater impact.

  • Protect the Pearl

    The Pearl River is threatened by a new dam and lake proposed for Jackson, Mississippi. This is a development project disguised as flood control and will make the Pearl River more fragmented by dams than it already is. Let the the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood Control and Drainage Control District, the sponsor of this project, know that the Pearl doesn’t need to be further sacrificed in pursuit of real estate development.

  • Polluting our Last Hope

    We need to put the Mississippi river to work building healthy wetlands in Louisiana.  But a river full of Coal runoff cannot build healthy wetlands.  Tell Governor Bobby Jindal and members of his Administration that they cannot allow the premier coastal restoration project, the Myrtle Grove Sediment Diversion, to be polluted with coal runoff.

  • Tell Gov. Jindal to Stand With Our Wetlands

    Recently, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East filed a lawsuit against nearly 100 oil, gas, and pipeline companies for decades of destruction of Louisiana’s wetlands. This is a historic step towards justice for the Gulf. Louisiana loses an average of a football field of wetlands every hour – and it’s past time to make the oil and gas industry pay for its fair share of the destruction.

    Sadly, Governor Jindal wasted no time in defending the oil and gas industry at the expense of our coast and communities. Support the Authority - East by taking action below to urge the Governor and state legislators to side with the people, not the oil and gas companies that have destroyed Louisiana's coast.

  • Tell EPA to Fix the Dead Zone

    Earlier this summer, scientists announced that this year's Dead Zone is impacting a 5,800 square mile area of the Gulf. It’s bigger than the state of Connecticut! This massive area of low-oxygen, where little marine life can survive, has widespread impacts on the health of the Gulf of Mexico and our $2.8 billion dollar fishing industry. While EPA recently forced Louisiana to admit that the Dead Zone impacts state waters, they are still dragging their feet when it comes to real action that will curb Dead Zone-causing nitrogen and phosphorous pollution.

    Take action below to tell the EPA that it’s time to fix the Dead Zone. 

  • Give Impacted Communities a Voice

    As one of her final actions, outgoing EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, called on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to establish a Citizen Advisory Committee that would give a forum for participation for Gulf non-governmental organizations, including environmental, conservation, fishing and community stakeholder groups. 

    Yet, the Council still hasn’t created this avenue for robust community involvement. Please send a letter to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council urging them to create a Citizen Advisory Committee immediately.
  • Don't Let Politics As Usual Threaten our Gulf Future

    Recently, the residents of the Gulf and the nation marked the three year memorial of the BP disaster. The Gulf’s ecosystems and people are still suffering, but billions of dollars in BP fines coming to this region through the RESTORE Act are a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a more resilient Gulf for future generations. Unfortunately, many state and local politicians seem more interested in grabbing this money for environmentally destructive projects.

    On the 3 year memorial of the BP disaster, GRN and a diverse coalition of over 50 organizations joined together to release the Gulf Future Guidance for Sustainable Restoration to guide the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council as it plans for RESTORE dollars. Take action below to tell the members of the Council to make sure RESTORE counts for a healthy Gulf Future: 

  • Protect Mississippi's Coast from Drilling

     In February 2012, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) rushed to finalize new rules for oil and gas drilling in Mississippi’s coastal waters, and around Gulf Islands National Seashore, despite a public outcry urging them to reject the rules. Opening up state waters to oil and gas activities could have a big impact on the coastal tourism industry. Rigs and platforms also mean more pipelines, more industrial ship traffic, and a greater risk of accidents like the BP disaster. Plus, seismic exploration could threaten the health of marine mammals like dolphins, and temporarily scare away abundant recreational and commercial fish populations. 


    Gulf Restoration Network and our allies won in a lawsuit to stop these rules from coming into effect; MDA's rules were tossed out by a Hinds County Chancery Court judge. However, the decision about how the state will procede ultimately lies with the Governor and other state officials. Now is the time to tell Governor Bryant and other state leaders to reject this economically and environmentally destructive proposal.

    Please personalize your message for maximum impact.
  • Polluting our Last Hope

    We need to put the Mississippi river to work building healthy wetlands in Louisiana.  But a river full of Coal runoff cannot build healthy wetlands.  Tell the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources  that they cannot allow the premier coastal restoration project, the Myrtle Grove Sediment Diversion, to be polluted with coal runoff.

  • Tell EPA to Come Clean on Dispersants

    During the 2010 Oil Disaster, BP applied 1.84 million gallons of Corexit dispersant , stating that "it’s as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid.” However, recent reports highlight the toxicity and potential health impacts of dispersants in general, and Corexit in particular. Despite clear legal requirements for comprehensive testing, EPA has failed to conduct this testing on dispersants currently approved for use.

    Take action to tell EPA that they must complete necessary toxicity testing on dispersants before unleashing them into our environment and communities.