Energy and Climate Change

Coast Not Coal

Coast Not Coal

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. 

The fight against the RAM coal export terminal 

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Coal and petcoke pollution from existing coal export terminals in the Lake Hermitage Marsh creation project. 

An out-of-state company, RAM Terminals, proposes to build a coal export terminal next to the historic African American community of Ironton and nearby communities Wood Park and Myrtle Grove. 

RAM Terminals would be the first coal export facility in the area to be connected to rail, and would start mile-long uncovered coal trains running through nearby communities like Gretna, Belle Chasse and the Westbank. 

The proposed RAM coal export terminal would also undermine a major project in Louisiana coastal restoration plans, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.

Communities threatened by the proposed RAM coal export terminal are coming together to stop this destructive project. Gretna, Westwego and Jefferson Parish have all passed resolution questioning the RAM coal export terminal and its coal trains. Plaquemines Parish has voted to deny RAM’s construction permit – a key permit for the project to move forward. And, in reaction to a lawsuit from Gulf Restoration Network and our partners, a state judge struck down RAM’s state “coastal use permit.” 

However, even though local residents and leaders are saying no to the RAM coal export terminal, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, which is tasked with overseeing coastal restoration in Louisiana, signed a memorandum of agreement with RAM and has refused to withdraw from this agreement

Sign the petition and choose coast not coal: stop coal exports.  

Victories and Milestones

  • Milestone: Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) requires RAM to submit complete alternatives analysis for their Coastal Use Permit application (March 13, 2015).
  • Victory: Gretna City Council passes resolution calling for state action on RAM coal export terminal (Feb. 11, 2015).
  • Victory: Jefferson Parish Council passes resolution calling for state action on RAM coal export terminal (Feb. 11, 2015).
  • Victory: Plaquemines Parish Council denies RAM coal export terminal building permit (Jan.  8, 2015).
  • Victory: State court overturns RAM coal export terminal permit (Dec. 23, 2014).
  • Milestone: Army Corps declares MG Midstreamer’s permit application “inactive” (Sept. 25, 2014). MG Midstreamer would expand the footprint of the RAM coal export terminal and give the company a foot in the door to exporting coal from Louisiana
  • Victory: Jefferson Parish Council passes resolution questioning RAM coal export terminal (Sept. 17, 2014).
  • Victory: Gretna City Council passes resolution against RAM coal export terminal (Sept. 10, 2014).
  • Milestone: 100+ Gretna residents demand Gretna City Council take action on the RAM coal export terminal at the council meeting (August 13, 2014).
  • Victory: Westwego City Council passes resolution against RAM coal export terminal (June 18, 2014).
  • Milestone: Kickoff meeting of public education and action campaign drive in Jefferson Parish, the first of 10 weekly public education and action meetings (June 10, 2014)
  • Milestone: Louisiana partners in Clean Gulf Commerce Coalition file lawsuit against coal export terminal United Bulk for its ongoing illegal pollution into the Mississippi River (March 18, 2014).
  • Milestone: 50+ Plaquemines Parish residents participate in public meeting on RAM coal export terminal (Jan. 25, 2014)