Stop the Matagorda Ship Channel Dredging Project & Stop Oil Exports!

On April 7th, 4th generation shrimper, activist, and author Diane Wilson began a hunger strike to protest a dangerous, dirty, and destructive crude oil export dredging project, and she urgently needs your voice.

Tell President Biden NOW: #StopTheDredging in Matagorda Bay and #StopOilExports!

The US Army Corps of Engineers is planning to dredge the Matagorda Ship Channel - straight through a mercury-contaminated Superfund site - to make room for giant crude oil tankers to export Permian oil to global markets. The project is being bankrolled by little-known oil company Max Midstream, as part of a Gulf-Coast wide race to build new oil and LNG export facilities.

Just last year, Diane Wilson won a historic $50M Clean Water Act settlement against “serial offender” Formosa Plastics for dumping billions of plastic pellets and powder into her beloved Lavaca Bay. Her victory is the culmination of decades of tireless advocacy and direct action, rooted in her fierce determination to protect her community from industrial polluters. Diane has been working to deploy resources from the settlement to clean up the Bay and revitalize the area’s fisheries, even working with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives to develop a multiracial fishing coop. But Max Midstream’s oil export dredging plan threatens to destroy the fragile ecosystems and sustainable economy Diane is working so hard to restore.

As commander-in-chief, President Biden can direct the US Army Corps to cancel this dangerous and unnecessary project. Tell the Biden Administration to #StopTheDredging and #StopOilExports!

Since the decades-old ban on crude oil exports was lifted in 2015, oil companies have been racing to rapidly expand fracking in the Permian Basin, the world’ biggest climate bomb in west Texas and southeast New Mexico, and build new pipelines and polluting facilities like Max Midstream’s proposal along the Gulf Coast. Community groups are uniting from the Permian to the Gulf who are fighting to protect their communities and the climate from the harms of fracking, petrochemical production, and fossil fuel exports. We invite you to join the movement, led by heroes like Diane Wilson.

As Diane’s hunger strike continues, we’ll keep you posted on other ways to support her campaign to stop dredging in Matagorda Ship Channel and protect Lavaca Bay from crude oil exports. You can follow her daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok.

To: President Joe Biden

We are petitioning to urge you to immediately cancel the US Army Corps of Engineers' plans to deepen and widen the Matagorda Ship Channel for Max Midstream's oil export terminal and reinstate the ban on crude oil exports.

This ill-conceived dredging project threatens to unearth mercury contamination from the Alcoa Superfund site and devastate local efforts to restore and revitalize Lavaca Bay’s fisheries. 4th-generation shrimper Diane Wilson, who is leading the effort to create a sustainable fishing economy in Lavaca Bay, is now on hunger strike to demand the cancellation of this project.

We urge you to not destroy our local economies in order to export climate pollution overseas. As commander-in-chief, please use your authority to protect Lavaca Bay, cancel the dredging project, and ultimately declare a National Climate Emergency and reinstate the ban on crude oil exports.


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  • Adaline Jyurovat
    signed 2021-05-06 22:36:05 -0400
    Communities should have the right to protect themselves from polluters of all forms. The hard work of revitalizing local fisheries needs to continue and be protected from corporate polluters. The Army Corp of Engineers has major conflicts of interest, usually siding with corporate polluters. Protecting local fisheries that help local economies is vital for recovery of fragile ecosystems and the local economy.
  • Eryn Alloway
    signed 2021-05-06 17:01:39 -0400
    Please do not dredge Matagorda Bay, consider alternatives to dredging heavily polluted water and destroying the waterman’s way of life, as well as all the creatures who call this bay their home.
  • Chris Vondrasek
    signed 2021-04-27 11:54:34 -0400
  • Susan Harman
    signed 2021-04-22 22:54:33 -0400
  • Jana Pellusch
    signed 2021-04-19 18:22:41 -0400
    Wake up and smell the carbon that scientists know is killing us! No more catering to the needs of fossil fuels!
  • Ida Dolatabady
    signed 2021-04-19 16:01:36 -0400
  • Liz Sanderson
    signed via 2021-04-19 11:15:42 -0400
  • Christopher Dean
    signed via 2021-04-19 08:52:38 -0400
    Dear President Biden, You claim to understand that the climate crisis is real. If you allow this project to go through, you’re opening the door for more oil extraction and distribution. That would be proof that you really don’t understand the seriousness of our situation. We are in the middle of a mass extinction event and it’s getting worse exponentially. Failure to stop this project greatly accelerates that process.
  • Gabriela Kaplan
    signed 2021-04-19 03:46:44 -0400
  • Don Byrd
    signed 2021-04-18 08:47:23 -0400
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    signed 2021-04-17 20:24:25 -0400
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    signed via 2021-04-17 16:18:42 -0400
  • Gregory Corning
    signed 2021-04-17 15:23:30 -0400
    Let’s not spend taxpayers’ money to facilitate profits for one corporation (or any number of them). Leave the channel as it is.
  • Daisy Clark
    signed 2021-04-17 15:02:31 -0400
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  • Mary Shesgreen
    signed 2021-04-16 17:58:12 -0400
    We need to stop extracting and transporting and exporting fossil fuels if we want any chance at avoiding climate catastrophe. The Metagorda Ship Channel sounds especially terrible for the climate and for the people of Honduras.
  • Adelle Lutz
    signed 2021-04-16 17:39:38 -0400
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    signed 2021-04-16 15:57:04 -0400
  • Patsy Gillham
    signed 2021-04-16 15:28:16 -0400
    Diane is not political. Diane is ecological.

    She cares for shrimpers, the customers, the marine life, tourist, and well being of the waterways.
  • Susan Triolo
    signed 2021-04-16 14:37:09 -0400