FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2005
Briana Kerstein, Gulf Restoration Network 504-525-1528 ext. 208
Walter Williams, 559-542-3306
Louisiana Legislature Passes Resolution Supporting Blanco’s Opposition to Open-loop
Mr. Bill Says “SHELL NOOO!!!”
“This is the first resolution of its kind to come from any state legislature,” explains Briana Kerstein of the Gulf Restoration Network. “One open-loop LNG facility alone will be sterilizing 150 million gallons of gulf water per day, killings billions of fish eggs and larvae. It is important that we have local control to stop the harm to our fisheries and our local economies.”
“Our Governor, state agencies and now our state
legislature have all expressed concern over the impacts from open-loop LNG,”
explains Charlie Smith of the Louisiana Charter Boat Association, who helped
lead the effort to pass SCR 117. “Oil and gas companies need to know that
Now that Governor Blanco has indicated her opposition to
anymore open-loop LNG terminals in the
Mr. Bill Says “SHELL NOOO!!!”
“Mr. Bill,” the original Saturday Night Live pop icon turned environmental advocate, has joined the ranks of the Gumbo Alliance, a network of environmental groups, commercial and recreational fishermen and concerned citizens opposed to the construction of open-loop terminals in the Gulf.
Members of the Gumbo Alliance oppose “open-loop” LNG terminals because of the harmful effects they will have in Gulf waters. One open-loop terminal alone will use between 130-200 million gallons of Gulf water daily, running it over radiator-like coils, destroying fish eggs, larvae, plankton, shrimp, crustaceans and any other organisms contained in the water. The systems then discharge super-cooled, chlorinated water into the environment, further disrupting fragile marine ecosystems.
Alternatively, a closed-loop system has minimal
environmental impact, but would require between 1.3 and 2% of the imported
natural gas to warm and recirculate a minimal amount of water. Open-loop
systems have been approved and proposed exclusively in the
Members of the Gumbo Alliance express outrage that one
of the top four grossing oil companies in the world rejects the safer
alternative as being “not economically viable.” They question why Shell is
being allowed to jeopardize
Mr. Bill’s creator Walter Williams states “Shell’s
profit-driven agenda has nothing to do with
Gulf Governor Opposition to Open-Loop LNG Builds
Yesterday, Senator Feinstein (D-CA) introduced an amendment to the energy bill which would have given state’s veto power over onshore LNG facilities proposed in their state. While the amendment failed, Gulf Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), David Vitter (R-LA), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) voted in support of the amendment. Governors and state agencies across the country believe states should have a greater say because of concerns about possible tanker spills and terrorism.
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individuals and local, regional and national groups committed to uniting and
empowering people to protect and restore the resources of the Gulf region for
future generations. Founded in 1994, we have members in each of the five
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