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STOP The Bayou Bridge Pipeline


Bold Louisiana fights in a state where government has been hijacked by corporate carpetbaggers and lobbyists who have side-tracked the best interests of the people to support their own self-serving ideals. Our goals are diversifying economic development for our state, creating a real plan to confront climate change, and ensuring a just transition to renewable energy sources and jobs.

Methane waste may be invisible, but its impacts are all-too obvious By Lisa DeVille When the Trump administration suspended long-overdue updates of regulations on preventing methane waste and limiting wasteful flaring of natural gas last month, it was a slap in the face for all of us who live on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Manderee, […]
For Immediate Release: Friday November 17th, 2017 PRESS CONTACT: Jade Begay, Communications Coordinator – Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), whatsapp +1 505 699 4791 Dallas Goldtooth,   The Paris Agreement Does Not Recognize Indigenous Rights On the final day of the UNFCCC COP23, the Indigenous Environmental Network and its allies face a long road […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 11, 2017 Contact: Jade Begay,, whatsapp: +1-505-699-4791 In Response to America’s Pledge, Californians Ask Governor Brown: Still In for What? As California Governor Jerry Brown arrives to UN Climate Talks to Promote His Climate Agenda, Californians and Frontline Groups Put Pressure on the Governor to Take Bolder Climate Action […]
For Immediate Release PRESS CONTACTS: Jade Begay, Media/Communications Coordinator, Indigenous Rising Media-Indigenous Environmental Network,; whatsapp +1 505 699 4791  Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S Communications Manager,; whatsapp: +1-413-687-5160; German # +49-0175-666-8608 Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Director,; whatsapp: 20-100-184-0990; German # +49-175-665-6970 The U.S. People’s Delegation Takes on the Trump Administration ______________________________________________________ While […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5th, 2017 Contact: Eriel Deranger, Indigenous Climate Action, Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network,   First Nations organizing leads to TransCanada Ending Its East Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline proposals. Indigenous Climate Action and Indigenous Environmental Network respond to this decision and its impact on First Nations and Indigenous […]
Indigenous Environmental Network Releases powerful video showing the impact of Bayou Bridge and the plight of coastal Indigenous people in the Louisiana wetlands Springfield, LA – Following legal victories for the Tribes at Standing Rock, Water Protectors in Southern Louisiana will open the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp tomorrow. The launch marks […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2017 Contact: Jade Begay,, 505-699-4791 Nina Smith,, 301-717-9006 IEN Statement on Federal Court Ruling to Revisit DAPL Environmental Analysis Bemidji, MN — Today, Indigenous peoples and Water Protectors marked a crucial victory in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. A federal judge ruled that the Army Corps […]
  Indigenous Groups Pledge Mass Mobilization to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline “Donald Trump Has Declared War on Indigenous Nations” “We will set up camps along the KXL route to resist this pipeline.” The Indigenous Environmental Network today hosted numerous Indigenous people from across the country today in a call with press […]
The following is a statement by the #NoDAPL Oceti Sakowin Headsmen Council. With its permission, it is being re-posted here on this blog: Oceti Sakowin Camp, The Horn January 28th, 2016 Local Leadership comes to decision, Oceti Sakowin Headsmen meet with ND Governor. Cannon Ball River, ND – After days of deliberation between the North […]

Joint Statement on the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Approval of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Yesterday, December 14, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted permits to Bayou Bridge, LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, to construct a 162.5-mile crude oil pipeline from Lake Charles to St. James, Louisiana. The Army Corps of Engineers refused to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement for the project, despite pleas for such a study from communities directly impacted by the pipeline.

Cherri Foytlin, Bold Louisiana said: “To be honest, my hopes were never with the state and federal agencies who have consistently proven their lack of vision and scarcity of protection for the people and waters of this great state. The idea that this company, Energy Transfer Partners, who has destroyed land and water all over the United States, who carry the designation of “worst spill record,” who has created and maintained space for human rights abuses upon peaceful people – that they would be allowed to endanger over 700 of our waterways for their own profit is not only inconceivable, but proof of a moral bankruptcy within our systems of environmental protections. Yet, this is where we are. And while I am saddened by the news, I am equally sure that we will stand together as the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, to peacefully endeavor to right the wrong of these misguided and foolish permittings.”

Gulf Coast Environmental Justice Organizers launch the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp, the new hub for the Bayou Bridge Resistance

Springfield, LA – Following legal victories for the Tribes at Standing Rock, Water Protectors in Southern Louisiana will open the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp tomorrow. The launch marks the next fight to protect Indigenous rights, life-giving water and to stop Energy Transfer Partners from committing acts of environmental injustice. The Indigenous Environmental Network announced the opening of the camp with a video, highlighting, Cherri Foytlin who represents IEN’s interests in the Bayou. The video explains the connection between the Bayou Bridge and Dakota Access Pipeline, the Houma tribe, and all people who will be impacted by these pipelines, and why completion of the Bayou Bridge pipeline must be stopped.

28,000+ Petition Signatures Urging Pres. Obama to Halt Unlimited Fracking Waste Dumping in the Gulf

“In the years following the BP Deep Water Drilling Disaster of 2010, the Obama Administration approved at least 1,200 offshore fracks in the Gulf of Mexico. Since, and without any site-specific testing, the industry has been allowed to dump endless amounts of fracking waste fluid directly into the water,” said Bold Louisiana director Cherri Foytlin, of Rayne, LA. “In 2014 alone, that has translated to an outrageous 76 billion gallons of toxic and hazardous fluids overboard. Recent studies have connected some of these same chemicals to leukemia and endocrine disruption in humans. Now, in his final days in office, we firmly urge the President to correct this, and in doing so protect our sea life and families.”

Dear President Obama, Love the Gulf

You know us and you know our stories. You know our tragedies, our disasters, and our peril – Katrina, Rita, the BP oil disaster, daily oil spills and all-too-regular fossil fuel related accidents. Not to mention, we’re losing a football field of wetlands an hour in Louisiana, caused by the combined impact of oil and gas infrastructure along with sea level rise due to climate change, eroding our first line of defense from increasingly strong storms. We are the frontline, grassroots communities of the Gulf Coast resisting the continued extraction of our land and our waters. And, we refuse to be a sacrifice zone for this country any longer.