Stop the Matagorda Ship Channel Dredging Project & Stop Oil Exports!
On April 7th, 4th generation shrimper, activist, and author Diane Wilson began a hunger strike to protest a dangerous, dirty, and destructive crude oil export dredging project, and she urgently needs your voice.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is planning to dredge the Matagorda Ship Channel - straight through a mercury-contaminated Superfund site - to make room for giant crude oil tankers to export Permian oil to global markets
Just last year, Diane Wilson won a historic $50M Clean Water Act settlement against “serial offender” Formosa Plastics for dumping billions of plastic pellets and powder into her beloved Lavaca Bay. Diane has been working to deploy resources from the settlement to clean up the Bay and revitalize the area’s fisheries, but this dredging plan threatens to destroy the fragile ecosystems and sustainable economy Diane is working so hard to restore.
We are petitioning to urge you to immediately cancel the US Army Corps of Engineers' plans to deepen and widen the Matagorda Ship Channel for Max Midstream's oil export terminal and reinstate the ban on crude oil exports.
This ill-conceived dredging project threatens to unearth mercury contamination from the Alcoa Superfund site and devastate local efforts to restore and revitalize Lavaca Bay’s fisheries. 4th-generation shrimper Diane Wilson, who is leading the effort to create a sustainable fishing economy in Lavaca Bay, is now on hunger strike to demand the cancellation of this project.
This project and the proposed oil export terminal would threaten local economies, Gulf communities, and our climate. As commander-in-chief, please use your authority to protect Lavaca Bay, cancel the dredging project, and ultimately declare a National Climate Emergency and reinstate the ban on crude oil exports.
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