Oil giants Enterprise Products Partners and Chevron want to build a massive crude oil storage facility, offshore pipeline, and export terminal off the coast of Freeport, Texas. These projects would unleash an extraordinary amount of carbon at a time when we need to begin phasing out fossil fuels.
Called the Sea Port Oil Terminal, or SPOT, the project would export up to 2 million barrels of crude oil per day to foreign markets on some of the world’s largest ships. Ten years after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, we cannot afford to build infrastructure that puts Texas communities and wildlife at risk of another catastrophic spill.
SPOT’s annual transportation capacity would be greater than the total amount of oil produced in the Gulf of Mexico each year. It’s impossible to move this much oil without error — estimates based on government models indicate that SPOT would generate 568 spills over a 30-year period, including 20 large spills of more than 42,000 gallons each. The Texas Gulf Coast has already felt the impacts of oil spills on human health, and the government shouldn’t allow the oil industry to blatantly disregard the health of our communities and ecosystems for the sake of profits.
Stopping SPOT requires more than a focus on one facility. The oil industry is lining up several similarly sized projects that they hope to rush through if they are given the green light for SPOT. Gulf communities are already being displaced by the climate crisis as rising seas swallow our coastlines. The massive amount of oil transported by SPOT and its subsequent spills would displace even more people while putting entire ecosystems in jeopardy.
We can’t afford to lose this fight — SPOT must be stopped now. Earthjustice is fighting back against the oil industry throughout the Gulf, and we need your support. Tell the government they cannot approve SPOT. We have until June 1 to tell the Maritime Administration to protect our Gulf Coast from the oil industry.