L’eau Est La Vie. Mni Wiconi. Water Is Life.
Here in the bayous of Louisiana, our water and way of life is under threat, and we need your support.
Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the very same company behind the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline, is trying to build a 162 mile crude oil pipeline across Louisiana called the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP).
The BBP will pollute our water,crossing an astounding 700 bodies of water including Bayou LaFourche, a critical reservoir that supplies the United Houma Nation and 300,000 Louisiana residents with clean, safe drinking water.
The BBP will destroy our economy.Existing oil pipelines have already created enormous problems for our crawfishing industry. The BBP will only make these problems worse, creating dams in the Atchafalaya Basin dozens of miles long that irreparably damage the ecosystem and make fishing for crawfish impossible. The crawfishing industry supports thousands of good jobs in Louisiana. The BBP will only create 12 permanent jobs.
The spoil banks will worsen flooding. When flooding is worse, our communities suffer. Our homes our damaged, our crops are destroyed, our infrastructure is eroded, our families get sick, and our economy is harmed.
The BBP violates indigenous sovereignty.Along its path of destruction, the BBP would impact sacred mounds and threaten drinking water of the United Houma Nation, a tribe that has been seeking federal recognition for decades. The United Houma Nation has not been consulted and has not given consent for the construction of this pipeline.
The BBP will destroy our coast.Wetlands are sponges for floodwaters. They are vital to a resilient Southern Louisiana, and already because of climate change and development, Louisiana is losing an average ofone acre of coastal wetlands per hour.The State of Luisiana is frantically trying to figure out how to save our coast, but building the BBP will make the situation worse.
The BBP is a climate disaster. It will create the carbon equivalent of 30 new coal plants. The BBP is not compatible with our global mandate to limit climate change to 1.5℃.
Our growing network of impacted landowners, tribal members, environmental justice communities, and fisherfolk have submitted comments, spoken out at hearings, and demanded proper environmental reviews and that our concerns will be taken seriously. None of this has happened. ETP has swindled landowners, bought our politicians, and refused to address any of the community’s needs. Enough is enough. If our leaders won’t stand up to stop this pipeline and protect our water, then we the people of Louisiana will.
We are building the L’eau Est La Vie camp to protect our water and our way of life from the Bayou Bridge pipeline.
We need your support to acquire crucial supplies including:
– Building materials
– Medical supplies
– Boating equipment (yes, our camp will be in the swamps)
– Mosquito protection
– Sleeping bags
– Cooking supplies
– Action materials
– Art supplies
– Documentation equipment
– Safety equipment
We are also raising funds anticipating needs for legal aid, trainings, and more.
Please give generously and share with your community.