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 BOARD MEETING
(Held at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation)
795 Ocean Highway West, Supply, NC)
November 6, 2017
Members present: Dr. Kristen Colleran, Sandy Ford, Dan George, Neil Gilbert, Ted Janes (Face Time), Pete Key, Anne Neely, Dale Todd, Dr. Dwight Willis
Also in attendance: Teddy Altreuter
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.by BEAT President Neil Gilbert.
The Treasurer’s Report was approved as presented.
The minutes of the previous meetings were approved as presented.
Pete Key was approved for becoming a member of the Interim Board of Directors. Welcome Pete! We are still looking for someone from Navassa to serve on the Board.
The Beat Mission and Vision Statements were approved.
The Beat Bylaws were approved with the condition that we meet with Jan's attorney for consultation regarding the conflict-of-interest, indemnification, and harassment articles.
Kristen is going to contact the County Commissioners and School Board to invite them to hear Dr. Cahoon’s presentation. Prior to the event, Neil is going to send out a mass mailing to the membership reminding them of the event and asking them to consider a list of committees to join. There will be sign-up sheets as people enter the room for Dr. Cahoon’s presentation. The evening of Dr. Cahoon as people enter the meeting room there will be sign up sheets for all of the committees. Neil will welcome the attendees and Kristen will introduce Dr. Cahoon. Nobody is allowed to mention the "P" word.
Please refer to Neil's email summarizing the Greenpeace weekend.
Everyone was happy with our new BEAT brochure. Teddy took a photo of last night's attendees for next brochure. We are always looking for ways to improve our publicity.
Neil distributed a list of committees with names of chairpersons. We agreed to add a "Speakers Bureau" committee to the list.
People like the BEAT Business cards that were made by Barbara Stanley. You have 2 options: 1: you can contact Barbara Stanley and order your own cards or 2: You can pretend to be Neil Gilbert and use his cards. Please no phone calls at 3 in the morning.
Kristen will contact Paige Marcisano to invite her to Dr. Cahoon's presentation and to one of our Board meetings so she can discuss with us her plans for making a film to promote BEAT.
Dan presented his plans for a Coastal Cleanup tournament between Brunswick, New Hanover, and Horry Counties. The Board voted unanimously to proceed with the plans.
Pete, Dwight, and Dale are going to work on a BEAT Issue Statement regarding Solar Farms in Brunswick County. Neil will then send a mass mailing encouraging BEAT members to attend the November 20 County Commissioners meeting.
Sandy and Neil talked about BEAT presenting at each of the county's 3 Newcomers Club.
Hot Topics is interested in having BEAT as their featured group, but that will not be until May at the earliest.
Kristen, Dwight, Pete, and Neil are looking forward to lobbying for the MMPA in Washington next week.
Kristen is organizing a noon lunch at the Cosmic Cafe (aka Causeway Gourmet) with our friends to the south at Grand Strand Action Together at noon on December 9.
BEAT will assist the Warrior Women in sponsoring the Hands Across the Sand event on May 19.
Neil is working on a committee headed up by Melissa Warren on a Rockin Democracy event for Brunswick County. Neil will be organizing an "Environmental Row" featuring every environmental group form Brunswick, New Hanover, and Horry County.
Since we have the Dr. Cahoon event on December 18, the next Board meeting will be in early January.
The next general membership meeting will be in January some time following the January Board meeting.
Kudos to Sandy and Jan for running for their respective Town Councils. BEAT is proud of you!
Neil Gilbert, President and Meeting's Recording Secretary