Louisiana’s Superdome has been a controversial setting for climate emergencies in the past, serving as the refuge for 30,000 people who were washed out of their homes during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Now, it’s about to become a site for a battle between activists and a leading climate culprit: the oil and gas industry.
Protesters opposed to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted an oil and gas lease sale Wednesday, chanting and waving signs as government officials read bids from companies for the right to explore and develop fossil fuels offshore.
Residents across the Atlantic coast got a win last week when the Obama administration chose not to include the Atlantic in its five-year plan for oil and gas development. But in the Gulf of Mexico, where oil companies have been drilling offshore for decades, residents opposed to oil drilling weren’t so lucky.
BIG PROTEST IN THE BIG EASY AS ENVIROS TARGET THE GULF: President Barack Obama scrapped plans to allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic last week, which leaves climate activists to shift their focus to the Gulf — and they’ll mark a big step in that direction this morning in New Orleans, with a planned march to the Superdome.
Yudith Nieto caught her second wind as she watched her fellow activists swarm the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to protest the Wednesday morning (March 23) sale of federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico.
At one point, protester Cherri Foytlin got on the stage where BOEM’s Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Mike Celata was unsealing and reading the lease bids from oil and gas companies. Superdome security guards tried to pull her back and she collapsed in their arms.
In the nearly six years since globs of oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon washed ashore on beaches from Perdido Key to Navarre, Krasinski said many people seem to have forgotten the environmental and economic damage that happened in Florida
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