U.S. dependence on the dirty fossil fuels of the past has had significant consequences for the Gulf region. “Business as usual” placed fossil fuel extraction, production and transportation first - ahead of the health and safety of our communities, and at the expense of our natural resources which are the backbone of our economy and quality of life.
Much of the Gulf is a “working” coast, but too often that is a euphemism for pollution and degradation of the environment and neighboring communities. The BP drilling disaster was one of the largest and most visible examples, but spills and leaks are a daily occurence in the Gulf. Oil and gas production in coastal Louisiana is responsible for the loss of hundreds of square miles of wetlands. The fossil fuel industry continues to be poorly monitored and policed, and despite the efforts of GRN and others to provide public oversight, pollution incidents are far too common. Coal export terminals spread contaminants into nearby communities and even coastal restoration projects. And rail lines and pipelines transport fossil fuels through sensitive areas and residential neighborhoods.
Our region is vulnerable to sea level rise, ocean acidification, increased drought, more powerful and frequent storms and expanding ranges of tropical diseases.
The Gulf is not an energy “sacrifice zone” for the rest of the country or world. GRN is working to hold energy companies accountable, help communities become more resilient in a changing climate and transition away from fossil fuels toward a cleaner energy future.
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The Gulf of Mexico is on the frontlines of the impacts of climate change. Rising sea-levels, more powerful hurricanes and invasive species are all serious threats to the natural resources of the Gulf, our homes and our communities. Climate change and its impacts is one of the most pressing issues we face as a region, nation and world and we must rise to this challenge...read more.
Coal export terminals threaten Louisiana's coast and coastal communities. From coal trains transforming historic Westbank neighborhoods into industrial corridors, to coal polluting coastal restoration projects, to coal dust covering camps and boats and cars and homes, coal exports are bad news...read more.
Mississippi waters have remained mostly free from oil and gas activities like seismic exploration, drilling and production. However, in December 2011, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) announced a plan to open up areas of Mississippi waters to exploration, drilling and production. If allowed to move forward, residents and tourists could soon see 4-6 story rigs and drilling platforms from the barrier islands, and most towns along the coast...read more.
Our Gulf Monitoring program investigates and exposes pollution incidents and ecosystem damage that occur in the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast region. We collect, analyze and publish images and other information acquired from the land, air and sea. We engage in systematic monitoring of pollution onshore and offshore using aerial reconnaissance and photography, combined with on-the-ground and on-the-water observation and sampling...read more.
The Sabal Trail Pipeline is a proposed 515-mile fracked natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Over 940 acres of wetlands will be impacted by the pipeline project. Approximately half of this dangerous pipeline is slated to run through Florida, from northern Hamilton County to central Osceola County. The project includes 5 loud & destructive compressor stations along it's route - including in Suwannee, Marion and Osceola counties.....read more.