Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Another Setback for Weaver's Cove LNG

This week, the Department of Interior/National Park Service sent what we refer to as a "black cloud" letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), indicating that the proposed Hess LNG terminal in Mount Hope Bay will most likely not be consistent with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act through which it was designated last year.

We fully expect Hess/Weaver Cove and their damage control team to dismiss this latest gut punch to their project as just another minor flare-up they can make go away by throwing around bogus economic and job figures. We doubt it.

Still, Hess shows no sign at all of letting up and continues to pour seemingly endless resources into the fight. As long as they are serious about it, so must we be. And as they step it up, look for ever stronger advocacy from Save The Bay and our partners. They can outspend us, but they can never outlast us, because we're in this one for as long as it takes.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Save Our Gulf

I want to direct you to a new Blog/Website set up by the Waterkeeper Alliance dedicated to the folks on the front lines of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Check out : http://saveourgulf.org/.

Our brother and sister Waterkeepers are our best defense against this catastrophic spill, and they really need our help. This new blog is updated frequently and has info you can't find in any other media.

Of course, we will keep you all up to date on what we're doing about the spill and what you can do moving forward. -JT

Friday, May 07, 2010

Waterkeepers respond to Deepwater Horizon Spill

See this e-mail from my old friend, mentor, and colleague Andy Willner on the Waterkeepers' response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:


FYI- From Andy Willner:

This Waterkeeper Alliance Committee has been operating since Sunday getting information to the Gulf of Mexico Waterkeepers and to Marc Yaggi who is in the Gulf and acting as a liaison between the Committee and the Gulf Waterkeepers. Marc has also been feeding us information to process directly from the Gulf Waterkeepers. We are taking advantage of the (unfortunately significant) collective oil spill experience of both present and former Waterkeepers.

As of today, Waterkeepers are now represented in all of the Incident Command Centers in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, not without some bumps in the road that I am sure you will hear about over the next several weeks and at the Conference. And NOAA, EPA, and the Coast Guard are consulting with the Waterkeepers regularly.

This disaster has just begun and with unknown but massive and deadly consequences. We should all be proud of our sisters and brothers in the Gulf who did what motivates us all. They saw an insurmountable problem affecting the people and natural resources of their waterbody and region and immediately, while continuing to do everything else, mobilized significant capacity to respond the this unprecedented catastrophe.

The most significant, and detailed, and professional news stories are coming directlyfrom the Gulf Waterkeepers. We have reason to be proud of our movement, and collectively have to look beyond the deadly consequences of BP's negligence -- and give what support we can to the Waterkeepers in the Gulf.

Let your followers know through every available media, what an heroic effort is happenning in the Gulf in the face of this unprecedented man made disaster. Please use this announcement as a press release, a facebook post, or an email to supporters or in anyway that you think useful.

Also send people to http://saveourgulf.org/ Thanks. Andy

Waterkeeper Alliance forms advisory committee…

In response to the ever-growing national implications of the April 20th BP Gulf oil disaster, Waterkeeper Alliance has convened a new committee comprised of veteran Waterkeepers all of whom have direct experience with catastrophic oil spills. The goals of this ad-hoc committee are primarily to support the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers in their immediate response to this event, and also to provide information, guidance, and communications support to the affected Waterkeepers and their communities.

The Committee is chaired by
NY/NJ Baykeeper Emeritus Andy Willner, and includes Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne, Cook Inletkeeper Bob Shavelson, Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum, Narragansett Baykeeper John Torgan, Prince William Soundkeeper Jennifer Gibbons, San Francisco Baykeeper Deb Self, and San Francisco Baykeeper Emeritus Mike Herz. Combined, these Waterkeepers have more than a century of oil spill experience.

"We're all affected by this spill – responding to it must be a national priority," said Chair Andy Willner. "We're pulling together some of the most knowledgeable people in the world on oil spills to make sure we give this our very best effort."

Among the issues the committee is tackling are public access to Incident Command and information, volunteer management, training, and getting legal and technical guidance and support to the people who need it. The group has been conferencing daily, and will continue to meet as needed throughout the crisis.


-- Andrew Willner
NY/NJ BAYKEEPER® Emeritus
Board Member NY/NJ BAYKEEPER®
WATERKEEPER® Alliance North Atlantic Regional Representative

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Spill Update to STB Members

Dear members and friends of Save The Bay,

I’m writing to update you on our efforts related to the April 20 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. With the damaged well continuing to gush an estimated 200,000 gallons a day, this spill is shaping up to be an unprecedented environmental disaster for the nation. We want to let you know what we are doing about it, and what you can do to help.

Save The Bay has been in close touch with the regional command of the Coast Guard and our affiliated environmental organizations in the Gulf to offer our support and assistance with volunteer management, response and damage assessment. Yesterday, the Waterkeeper Alliance formed a special national committee including veterans of major oil spills to provide support for the affected areas on which we will serve.

Among the lessons we learned in the North Cape Oil Spill in 1996 and in the Penn 460 Oil Spill in 2000 are that strong volunteer management and active public participation is essential to ensure that the response and natural resource damage restoration processes following the spill are transparent, fair and effective.

We know that people all over the country are extremely concerned about this precious coastline, and we stand ready to do anything we can to help. Volunteers are presently being recruited and trained by our partner organizations in the Gulf. As the oil comes ashore in the next few days and weeks, they will play a critical role in reconnaissance, shoreline surveys, and finding and reporting dead and injured birds, wildlife and fish.

Over the weeks and months to come, we will develop a better picture of what we need to do to clean up and restore the damage from this catastrophic event. Just as importantly, we will need to take all necessary steps to prevent this kind of disaster in the future. It will be a long process, and it will affect all of us. We will keep you apprised of any developments.

In the meantime, please consider a gift to our partners at:

American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/

Mobile Baykeeper http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/ or any Gulf Coast Waterkeepers at www.waterkeeper.org

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana http://www.crcl.org/