Big Coal companies and their allies in government must think that people in Louisiana just don’t care about their quality of life, public health, or the future of their families and homelands. They’ve made plans to build new export terminals and increase shipments of coal and petroleum coke throughout New Orleans and the River Parishes. Their plans would destroy historic communities like Ironton and Gretna. They would threaten the health of our most vulnerable. And their dirty, mile-long, uncovered trains would spread coal dust, snarl traffic, and lower property values wherever they go.
Louisiana has a culture, history, and environment that is unique and treasured by locals and outsiders alike. But it is threatened by environmental degradations and catastrophes like the BP Drilling Disaster, and by a coastal crisis that sees a football field of wetlands disappear every hour. Worse, it suffers from a lack of genuine leadership in state and federal governments that refuse to put the interest of their constituents and even their own children’s futures above the profits of greedy energy industries.
The last thing the people of Louisiana need is to turn the lower Mississippi river into a dirty coal corridor. Tell state and federal officials: Louisiana wants Coasts, not Coal!