Brunswick Environmental Action Team
BEAT sincerely wishes everyone a Happy Earth Day 2023! We are grateful to all who continue to share both their ideas and work so that we may continue to exist in peace while making use of the life sustaining energy that our Earth provides for us every day - To optimize our survival.
BEAT received an email from: Melissa Edmonds <email@example.com> of the Southern Environmental Law Center on September 9, 2022 at 12:32:50 PM EDT. The subject of the email was Offshore Drilling Comment Opportunity. BEAT leadership would like to share this message with you here. The text that follows is the body of the message in its entirety.
I hope this note finds you well! You are receiving this email because you have previously been involved in SELC’s campaign to fight offshore drilling, by signing onto our comment letters to oppose drilling in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. I am writing now to alert you of another important comment opportunity on the issue of offshore drilling in these regions.
SELC is currently preparing comments on the Biden administration’s Proposed Five Year Plan for offshore drilling, which removes all Atlantic Planning Areas from consideration, yet still proposes to hold lease sales in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico. Comments are due Oct. 6. As usual, our comments will be focused on the Gulf and the Southeast; we plan to thank BOEM for listening to the voices of the East Coast by removing the Atlantic, and further urge no new leasing in the Gulf of Mexico because of the continued harm from offshore drilling on Gulf communities and natural resources and on climate change.
SELC supports responsible offshore wind development as a critically important piece in the necessary clean energy transition to address the climate crisis, but we do not support provisions within the Inflation Reduction Act that tie future offshore wind leasing to continued oil and gas leasing. We are planning to make this distinction in our comments, but please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns with this approach.
If you are potentially interested in signing on and have input as we draft, please let me know ASAP, as we are working on drafting the comments now. We will circulate a draft on Sept. 23, accept feedback through Sept. 28, and take final sign-ons through Oct. 5.
Thank you all for being valued partners in this important issue, we look forward to your continued support throughout this fight!
Melissa L. Edmonds (Whaling) (she/her)
Science & Policy Analyst
Southern Environmental Law Center
601 West Rosemary Street, Suite 220
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Office (919) 391-4099
Mobile (919) 623-5003
Dear visitor, below is a message BEAT received from "Emily Donovan via ActionNetwork.org" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The subject of her message regards
URGENT ACTION REQUIRED:
Say: "No More Chemours!"
BEAT received this message on: September 10, 2022 at 12:36:12 PM EDT
Her message is shared here in its entiretity.
It's time to mobilize like never before. Chemours just announced they want to EXPAND their toxic PFAS production in NC. We don’t feel they’ve earned this right–especially when they’ve failed to deliver on the most basic promises to our community.
We believe the majority of control measures taken, so far, are because Chemours was legally forced to comply via a 2019 consent order established by our friends at Cape Fear River Watch. However, it’s important to remember, consent orders are only as good as they are being enforced. Sadly, strong enforcement of the Chemours consent order has taken constant pressure from dedicated folks like you, who are determined to hold both DEQ and Chemours’ feet to the fire.
Here’s a quick summary of how Chemours has “helped” us:
They are not providing free water to contaminated city water users and are actively fighting lawsuits for water upgrades from CFPUA and Brunswick County.
Their proposed barrier wall to stop existing contamination from leaking into the Cape Fear River was inadequate and flawed.
They've been dragging their feet on establishing toxicity studies required by the 2019 consent order.
They are reluctant to establish a long term plan for private well owners in the lower Cape Fear region.
They have made private well owners wait 6 months with no replacement water.
They refuse to meet the needs of commissioners in Cumberland County and are now being sued.
Chemours has not earned the right to expand in NC and we are counting on you to help them get the message. Chemours is hosting a public information session at Leland Cultural Arts Center, Wednesday, September 21st from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Click here to RSVP We’ll send you talking points in the next two weeks to help you feel prepared.
In the meantime, please share our event link on social media and with your fellow neighbors. Media will be present at this meeting, so it’s vital that we show a united front against Chemours. We cannot allow them to add another drop of their poison to our water.
Emily Donovan, cofounder
Clean Cape Fear
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE BEAT LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR the Brunswick County NAACP’s proposed Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Multi-Use Greenway/Blueway Trail, Brunswick County, North Carolina
FYI: An Informative PDF about PFAS as it Relates to Brunswick County in 2020 - by Eugene Rozenbaoum of LG Chem
BRUNSWICK ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION TEAM (BEAT)
MINUTES OF THE INTERIM BOARD MEETING
(Held at Brunswick Electric Corporation Building,
795 Ocean Highway West, Supply, NC)
July 5, 2017
Ted Janes (via Face Time)
The meeting was called to order at 10:15 a.m.
ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF JUNE 9, 2017
Kathy Desiderio noted the correction of a typographical error to Sandy Ford's name in the adjournment motion. She also noted that addition of the exact names and organizations of Erin Carey, Coastal Coordinator of the Sierra Club and the name of Madi Polera, Cape Fear River Watch and March for Science to the list of speakers for the July 17th meeting event noted in Meeting Frequency. Jan Harris moved, and Neil Gilbert seconded acceptance of the minutes of June 9, 2017 as corrected.
VOTE: AYES ALL
501 C3 STATUS
Jan Harris reported that the 501 C-3 Status is still active with the Secretary of State as Brunswick Environmental Action Team, Inc. The tax number is: 970855070. BEAT is a tax exempt organization and does not have to file taxes.
Jan Harris presented the Treasurer's Report. She noted that a Bank Account has been opened with BB&T in Sunset Beach. The official address is Jan's address at: 206 North Shore Drive, West, Sunset Beach, NC. Jan is the contact and signatory on the account. Additional signatories can be added to the account. She is currently working to have Debit and Credit cards accepted on the account. Jan noted that she put $50 into the account and it is a donation from her. As of June 27, there was a balance of $182 in the account and we received an additional donation of $60 for a total of $292. Offsetting this was a cost of $33 for checks leaving the account with a balance of $259.00. A discussion followed as to monies due to Karen Joseph for expenses for the cost of a permit ($25) and electricity ($25) for the July 17 media event to be held at Sunset Park. A motion to accept the Treasurer's Report was moved by Dwight Willis and seconded by Kathy Desiderio.
VOTE: AYES ALL
The Board reviewed a sample boiler-plate by-law submitted by Ted Janes and reviewed and suggested changes to tailor it to BEAT. Ted Janes will incorporate the proposed changes and the Board will review the document at its next meeting.
ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS
A discussion was held with respect to appointing four additional members to the Interim Board. All four prospects are active in the community and/or environmental organizations. The issue of whether the Board has the authority to appoint additional Board members was discussed and it was agreed to invite the prospects to participate as guest and/or advisors until such time as the full membership can vote on the matter.
REPORT ON SONIC SEAS EVENT
The matter was tabled until the next meeting scheduled for July 26, 2017.
Richard Hilderman asked that Board members forward any items that they would like included on the next agenda. Neil Gilbert mentioned that he wanted the BEAT website placed on the agenda.
Dwight Willis moved and Kathy Desiderio seconded to adjourn the meeting. The motion was unanimously carried. The meeting was adjourned at 12:33 p.m.