Petition to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, City of Corpus Christi, Nueces River Authority, United States Environmental Protection Agency, ExxonMobile, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation, and other local, state, and national representatives
Coastal Bend residents oppose Exxon/GCGV/SABIC petrochemical facility.
This petition is open to ALL residents of Coastal Bend counties (Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, and San Patricio). NOTE: This is a NEW petition and NOT related to previously circulated "No Tax Abatements and Tax Incentives for Exxon Mobil and SABIC" petition. This petition is cosponsored by Portland Citizens United, the Clean Economy Coalition, and the Sierra Club. Exxon Mobil, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures and Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation plan to build a massive petrochemical facility on the outskirts of Gregory and Portland, just beyond the northern shores of Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays. The facility will feature the “World’s Largest” Ethane Steam Cracker, two polyethylene (plastics) units, and a monoethylene glycol (antifreeze) unit. The proposed facility will emit thousands of tons of contaminants, including nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, volatile organic compounds, and benzene. The facility will require the use of 7.3 billion gallons of water each year to operate. This region is saturated with industries that release contaminants and pollutants into our air. This facility will only contribute to the deterioration of our environment and exacerbate the health risks that are well documented in our region. It will also use an inordinate, and unacceptable, amount of our precious water resources. If you live, work, farm or ranch in Jim Wells, Kleberg, Kennedy, Aransas, Refugio, Nueces and San Patricio counties, you should be concerned that the Exxon/Saudi Arabia project will deplete your water resources by 20 million gallons a day, or 7.3 billion gallons per year, and sign this petition. If you live, work, farm, or ranch within 25 miles of the proposed site, you should be concerned about the air pollution from this site, and sign this petition. We, the undersigned residents of the Coastal Bend, oppose this facility. We oppose the issuance of any air permits by TCEQ and any water rights or water usage that may support the facility. We urge Exxon, GCGV, and SABIC to conduct additional due diligence and locate their facility in an area that will not be near communities that will suffer the environmental impacts of its operations. We further urge our local, state, and national representatives to advance this opposition in any and all forums available.
Petition to Stanlee Gotti
Stop the Wood Smoke at Meraki Market
Pictured above is soot collected from an apartment across the street from Meraki Market at 927 Post Street after the tenant was out of town for just one week. Meraki has been operating their wood-burning stove daily from early in the morning until late at night to cook a variety of meats. Numerous residents within a several block radius have confirmed they can smell the smoke—including during Spare the Air days, and some have experienced a variety of health problems. The markets' owners could simply switch to a gas stove to alleviate the problem, but instead, they've chosen aesthetics over the health and wellbeing of the community. Demand that Meraki Market switch to a gas stove by signing the petition. Then help us spread the word to residents in the area.
Petition to Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Tamara Havicks, Mayor Dennis Tyler, Joe Donnelly, Sue Errington, Tim Lanane, Luke Messer, Commissioner Sherry Riggin, Melanie Wright
Make Muncie Safer! Demand a Public Meeting on Exide's Permit to Pollute in Muncie!
Exide Technologies has filed an application with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to renew their Operating Permit at their plant located at 2601 West Mt. Pleasant Blvd. in Muncie. Please join with your friends, neighbors and residents in SIGNING this PETITION requesting a public meeting on Exide’s proposed permit and emissions in Muncie. It will only take a minute or less of your time. We are residents, neighbors & merchants concerned about Exide’s long history of excessive pollution, violations and fines in Muncie. Since 1989, Exide has released 227,275 pounds of toxic pollutants- including dangerous lead, sulfuric acid and arsenic- into the air and water in Muncie. If approved, this Operating Permit will allow Exide to continue to emit 474.5 tons (949,000 pounds) of toxic pollutants in Muncie PER YEAR, including 4.86 tons (9,720 pounds) of lead. This will negatively impact local homes, businesses, residents' health, our environment and wildlife. We deserve to know more about this important public health and safety issue, including: - The negative impacts these emissions have on surrounding homes and residents’ health and safety? - Are any soil tests or impact studies on Exide’s emissions going to be required? - What regulations and air and water monitoring technology and controls will be in place to protect Muncie residents from these toxic emissions? - Can new or additional monitoring and safety devices be required like the WESP filtration device Exide’s competitor RSR has in their Indianapolis plant to reduce harmful emissions? - How often will the plant be inspected to ensure compliance (right now Exide only self-reports once every three years!)? - What measures and penalties are in place should Exide- as has occurred several times at their Muncie plant- exceed emissions or be found in non-compliance? These questions and more are why we must demand a public meeting on this issue from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Unfortunately, we only have until July 21st to request a public meeting which is when public comment on the operating permit closes. Unless a meeting is requested, the permit will likely be approved and we will not be able to do anything to stop it...or learn more. You can also send an email by July 21st to Tamara Havics at THavics@idem.IN.gov to express your concerns and request a public meeting; refer to permit number T035-37825-00028 in your correspondence. We deserve to learn more about Exide’s permit and how we can better Protect Muncie given that Exide has one of the worst public health and environmental safety records of any company in the U.S. and have been subject to millions of dollars in fines and criminal charges in several communities- including in Muncie! For more information, or to get involved, email ProtectMuncie@gmail.com
Petition to Greg Abbott
Protect Houston's air during natural disasters
During Hurricane Harvey, petrochemical plants were forced to shut down and restart, emitting 5.98 million pounds of toxic gases and pollutants -- the same amount as total air pollutant emissions during all of 2016. That’s an entire year’s worth of emissions in a single event. The petrochemical companies emitted dangerous pollutants (carcinogens such as benzene and 1,3-butadiene as well as hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, smog-forming nitrogen oxides, and other volatile organics) into the air without any economic repercussions. This issue was preventable. Under the law, petrochemical plants are required to regulate emissions using proper environmental standards, but many rules were temporarily suspended on August 28, 2017 by Governor Abbott during Hurricane Harvey.We ask that Governor Greg Abbott enforce existing laws that keep Houston residents safe. We propose that in the future, Texas does not use natural disasters as an excuse to loosen environmental regulations. To learn more about toxic petrochemical emissions during Harvey, click here. To listen to our podcast, click here.