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Stop fossil fuel facilities before they’re even built

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What’s At Stake

The fossil fuel industry has aggressive plans to lock in new oil and gas infrastructure in the form of crude oil and gas export terminals. Off the Texas and Louisiana coasts in the Gulf of Mexico, Earthjustice is challenging the proposed construction of four offshore deepwater ports, which would cause significant greenhouse gas emissions and pose significant health and environmental risks for Gulf Coast communities. We must stop fossil fuel facilities before they’re even built. Tell the Biden administration: Protect our communities and our climate and reject the proposals to build several new offshore deepwater ports throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

From the Sea Port Oil Terminal near Freeport, Texas, to the proposed Blue Marlin Offshore Port off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, each of the proposals has the capacity to load and export as much as 2 million barrels of crude oil per day. The projects would lead to increased domestic fossil fuel production and would lock in new transport and processing infrastructure for the sole purpose of growing oil and gas industry profits all at the expense of our climate, Gulf coast ecosystems, and frontline communities that have long-served as sacrifice zones for the fossil fuel industry.

Communities along the Gulf Coast are on the frontlines of the climate disaster. The predominantly Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and low-income communities along the Texas and Louisiana coast already live and work each day near polluting oil and gas pipelines, plants, and terminals. Residents are faced with higher risks of respiratory disease and cancers from industrial air pollutants. These communities are also oftentimes the hardest hit by devasting hurricanes because of the erosion of coastal wetlands due to the effects of oil and gas infrastructure in the region as well as sea level rise caused by a warming planet.

The Biden administration cannot approve these fossil fuel projects while pledging to take bold action to address the climate crisis. Increasing crude oil exports will only lock in decades of pollution that harms our health and our planet. If the Biden administration is serious about environmental and climate justice, then it must use its authority to protect the Gulf Coast from dangerous fossil fuel projects that threaten our environment, as well as global efforts to fight climate change.

An oil drilling ship sits anchored in the Gulf of Mexico. The Inflation Reduction Act reinstates a sale of 80 million offshore acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling.
Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice

A drill ship anchored in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana coast in 2021.

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You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

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If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

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Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.