Your message will be delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD):
I’m writing to urge the Army Corps to deny permits for the Enterprise Project Partners Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT), as well as to express opposition to SPOT Terminal Services LLC’s application for a Deepwater Port License from the Maritime Administration, with respect to significant inadequacies in the project’s environmental review process (DEIS).
An oil spill at any point along the 168-mile pipeline project would cause irreparable harm to fragile wetlands and rivers, and out into the Gulf waters. The risk to our Gulf communities and ecosystems is too great, while all the benefit goes to private companies and their investors — let alone the disastrous impact this project would pose to our climate. At a rate of transporting 2 million barrels per day, the project would enable increased oil production at a time when we need to be phasing out existing production of fossil fuels and transitioning toward renewable energy sources.
More specifically, the project’s environmental review (EIS) does not consider the very real and foreseeable direct and indirect impacts of the project’s greenhouse gas emissions on climate change. It is widely understood that crude exports are driving the rapid increase of oil and gas drilling in the Permian Basin, oil that could otherwise be left in the ground. The U.S. Maritime Administration must analyze the full lifecycle climate impacts of oil drilling, transportation, refining, and consumption that would result from this project.
Given all of these impacts and inadequacies, I urge MARAD to deny the Deepwater Port License Application for the Sea Port Oil Terminal, and urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny the permit for the Enterprise Project Partners Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT) as described by section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The project is not in the national interest and imposes too many risks and burdens on our Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems.