Grassroots Campaign Launched to End New Oil and Gas Drilling Leases in Gulf of Mexico

Posted July 27, 2016

MP3 Interview with Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In June, a coalition of grassroots environmental justice organizations on the Gulf Coast sent a letter to Big Green environmental groups and their funders, calling on them to be equal partners in the campaigns they're waging to clean up the air and water in their region, which is likely the area most heavily impacted by oil and gas drilling anywhere across the U.S. The coalition of groups say they want the help these big organizations can provide, but they want a relationship built on mutual respect – and they don't want to be used as "poster children" for environmental disasters that the national groups often exploit to raise money for their own projects.

One of the leading coalition partners is the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a grassroots environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the state's oil refineries and chemical plants. Their goal is to create an informed society that holds the petrochemical industry and government accountable for the true costs of pollution.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, which along with allied groups, has launched a campaign to end new oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf. Here, she explains the dynamic that has long prevailed among the Big Green environmental groups and what kind of changes she and other activists are working for.

For more information on the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, visit

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