As America’s largest, most powerful grassroots environmental advocacy organization, the Sierra Club will play a definitive role in challenging the influence and power of oil companies and moving America beyond oil. The Delaware Chapter supports this campain by challenging dirty oil projects and subisdies for the oil industry, while promoting clean transportiation options.
The State of Delaware recently noticed a new plan by the Delaware City Refinery to stabilize the shoreline from sea level rise and erosion. While on the surface the plan looks like a progressive way to protect the refinery's shoreline and fire suppression equipment (behind the docks in the oil unloading/loading area), a closer look reveals serious problems with the plan and a lack of substantiation of claims made about environmental benefits with evidence and documentation.
Sierra Club supporters say NO to tar sands and YES to clean energy in Delaware!
On Saturday, May 17, we joined communities around the country to ask the president and local officials to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, offshore drilling and other dirty fuel projects that threaten our communities and destabilize our climate, like the transport of shale oil & tar sands to the Delaware City Refinery by rail and up the Delaware River by barge to Paulsboro, NJ.
Rally and press conference outside Senator Carpers Wilmington office building at 1pm on 5/5 to ask him to stand with us on Keystone XL and VOTE NO on a binding bill to force Keystone through even though the Obama administration has not finished studying the potential impacts.
Members of our chapter carpooled to Washington D.C. to join the Cowboy & Indian Alliance for the culmination rally/march of their week-long encampment on the Washington Mall to demand an end to tar sands destruction. We joined ranchers, first nations communities from the U.S. and Canada and environmentlists from around the country to call on President Obama to honor the treaties with indigenous communities and reject Keystone XL & other tar sands infrastructure--which is poisoning their communities and our shared climate.
Here are some of our pictures.
About the Tar Sands