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Houstonians speak up against White Stallion coal plant and for clean air!

Last Tuesday, October 18th Houstonians sent a message to Mayor Parker and city council: we want clean air!  Sixteen clean air supporters showed up at the city council meeting to deliver hundreds of petitions to Mayor Parker and the council against the White Stallion coal-fired power plant, proposed just 20 miles outside of a region with some of the worst air pollution problems in the country, including Houston. 

Roughly half of those present spoke to the council about their concern over the possibility of this coal plant being built so close to Houston where thousands of people already suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases.  Houston leads the state in asthma rates and many must look out for “bad air days” which often determines whether or not they  will spend time outdoors.   It is evident that the last thing Houston needs is another major ource of smog that will emit the equivalent pollution of 1.7 million cars.

It was a great day at city hall and below are accounts from some of the folks who came out and stood up for air quality.  Stay tuned for updates on whether Mayor Parker takes action against this proposed coal plant.

I thought our being at the council meeting and the talks we delivered made an
impact on the council members.  My best moment was when one of the council members starting asking questions about White Stallion Power Plant after one of our speakers, showing that he had paid attention and now wanted more information!  That’s how it starts to change.  One by one.”
– Don

“Highlight of the city council visit was seeing the concern on the Council regarding the White Stallion plant, especially Councilman Ed Gonzalez.” – Bette

“I signed up to be a last minute speaker. Having not planned on speaking, I had nothing prepared. (Scary!)  While waiting for my turn to speak, I flipped through the notes packet the team prepared for the Council Members and found some key points that I realized I could use to help deliver “my story” to the Council. Worked out GREAT! So my lasting memory from this event will be a lesson – ‘even when it appears the odds of proving useful may be remote, don’t refrain, you may well end up being a big help’” – Joe

Press Event in Houston: Study Predicts More Unhealthy Air for Houstonians if Proposed White Stallion Coal Plant Built

Things are gaining momentum in Houston.  The results of a pollution study are in, conducted by Dr. Tammy Thompson, postdoctoral associate from the MIT Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change.

This report studied how the pollution from White Stallion Energy Station will make it even harder for Houston to have clean air, and how residents with lung disease will have one more source of breathing problems.  Even those without lung disease are at risk, since coal is a dirty source of energy and leaves its mark in our air.

Texas Sierra Club will have a press conference detailing the findings of the report, at Houston City Hall on Tuesday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. We’re very excited to have Council Member Gonzalez, Council Member Jones, Dr. Thompson and Dr. Stuart Abramson, M.D., as speakers.

Everyone is invited and urged to come out and show their support in our fight against coal, which destroys ecosystems, water systems, and threatens our right to clean air.  Houston already has a bad reputation for dirty air, and simply cannot make room for another source of air pollution.  Join us on Tuesday, July 19th, 10am at Houston City Hall- look for the HUGE inflatable inhaler!

WHAT:        Sierra Club releases a report titled, “White Stallion’s potential impact on Houston Air Quality” at a PRESS CONFERENCE

WHO:  Houston Vice Mayor Pro Tem, City Council Member Ed Gonzalez

Houston City Council Member Jolanda “Jo” Jones

Dr. Tammy M Thompson, MIT Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change

Dr. Stuart Abramson, member of The Leadership Council for the American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region, Houston area,board-certified allergist/immunologist and asthma specialist

Lydia Avila, Conservation Organizer, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign

WHEN:                    Tuesday, July 19, 10:00 AM

WHERE:   Hermann Square Reflection Pool, 901 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002, Houston City

Email kat.m.herrera@gmail.com for more information!

Houston City Council Members Support White Stallion Fight.

White Stallion is a proposed coal fired power plant that would be located in Bay City. Residents of Houston are taking notice because they would experience the negative effects being the closest large city. Houston Mayor Annise Parker wrote a letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers asking them to not grant White Stallion the necessary 404 permit until they perform a thorough Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). White Stallion claims that they don’t need to perform an EIS. It is very important for them to perform an EIS so we have all the facts and know how dumping out multiple harmful chemicals will effect the environment around the plant. 

There have been five members of the Houston City Council who have joined Mayor Parker by writing letters to the US Army Corps of Engineers asking that an Environmental Impact Statement be done. The following City Council Members have written these letters: Jolanda Jones (At Large 5), Ed Gonzalez of District H, James Rodriguez of District I, Stephen Costello (At Large 1), and Melissa Noriega (At Large 3). We would like to thank these City Counsel Members and urge you to do that same.

Ways That You Can Take Action

  • ·You can join Mayor Parker and the City Counsel members by writing a letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers asking them not to grant the 404 Permit.
  • ·If you don’t see the name of your City Counsel Member ask them to join their colleagues by writing a letter the US Army Corps of Engineers against granting White Stallion a 404 Permit.
  • ·Sign up to volunteer for White Clouds NOT White Stallion because every volunteer can make a difference. Please email Kat Herrera at kat.m.herrera@gmail.com if you can help out.
– Sean Wicks, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Intern