SIERRA CLUB -- MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER

The Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental organization, was established by John Muir in 1892. In Mississippi, the Sierra Club has been active for over two decades, working to protect the health of communities and the environment. The Mississippi Chapter is comprised of three groups around the state – the Golden Triangle Group (Starkville/Oxford): Juliet Tang, Chair, 662-338-5426, the Central Group (Jackson): Jo Miner, Chair, 601-842-3288, and the Coast Group: Steve Shepard, Chair, 228-872-0508.

Please contact your closest local group if you would like to help plan outings, participate in environmental events, or work on campaigns. And if you would like to contribute financially to the state chapter, please enclose a check made out to “Mississippi Chapter, Sierra Club",and address it to: Mississippi Sierra Club, 921 North Congress St. Jackson, Mississippi 39202. [Your contribution can be used for specific candidates' political campaigns if you designate it "PAC."]

State Executive Committee
Michael Berk, Starkville, CHAIR
Julia O'Neal, Ocean Springs, VICE CHAIR
Paul Gore, Jackson
Barbara Correro, De Kalb
Nkrumah Frazier, Hattiesburg
Rose Johnson, Gulfport
John Schneider, Starkville (Golden Triangle Group Delegate)
Louis Skrmetta, Gulfport (Coast Group Delegate)

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Blocked state efforts to make Mississippi communities a national dumping ground for hazardous waste
  • Prevented the proliferation of polluting factory hog farms across the state
  • Protected the Big Sunflower River from a damaging dredging project
  • Safeguarded the Pascagoula River by defeating plans to turn the Richton salt dome into an oil reserve
  • Defended the federally-recognized Gulf Islands National Seashore from oil and gas exploration and drilling (2004) and successfully challenged the MDA's drilling regulations in Hinds County Chancery Court (2014)
  • Campaigned to expose toxic formaldehyde in FEMA trailers to protect health of residents following Hurricane Katrina (2005), which has resulted in stronger federal regulations
  • Persuaded EPA to stop a Corps project (Yazoo Pumps) that would have destroyed over 220,000 acres of wetlands in the Yazoo River Delta, an ecosystem that protects local communities from flooding and provides important wildlife habitat

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Kemper County Coal Plant & Mine

    Mississippi Power is still trying to get its IGCC coal plant working so it can dig its 45-square mile lignite coal mine in Kemper County. The Sierra Club's campaign and lawsuits against both MS Power and the Public Service Commission were dropped as part of a settlement agreement on August 1, 2014. Please read Louie Miller's personal story in "Kemper Saga" elsewhere on this site. Media coverage will appear at the end of Louie's story and it continues, with an appearance scheduled on "Up with Chris Hayes" (MSNBC) that will air the week of Labor Day, 2014. The MS Chapter is proud of the coal plants that will be converted, MS Power's caving on its opposition to net metering, and a $15 million program to both weatherize low income homes and promote renewables with demonstration projects. MS Power will also provide 100 MW of renewable power and $2 million for gopher frog conservation habitat. Read the agreement elsewhere on the website for details: https://mississippi.sierraclub.org/content/sierra-clubmississippi-power-...

  • Drilling in the Mississippi Sound along Gulf Islands National Seashore

    In December 2011, then-Governor Barbour re-started efforts to open state waters to oil and gas exploration and development – including the pristine Gulf Islands National Seashore. The Sierra Club revived the 12 Miles South Coalition from the original anti-drilling push in 2004, which is a diverse alliance of community and business interests. The Sierra Club has recently (June, 2014, with Gulf Restoration Network) won the legal challenge to MDA's Economic Impact Study. We continue to educate and build broad public momentum to defeat the proposal completely.

  • BP Oil Disaster Recovery & Restoration

    Since the BP Oil Disaster in April 2010, the Sierra Club has worked with citizens and partners throughout the Gulf Coast to ensure BP cleans up its mess and ecosystems are fully restored. Through legal action, education, and advocacy, our work includes protecting public health from toxic oil dispersants, creating a Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council so local citizens have a voice in industry actions, ensuring restoration dollars are used for appropriate projects, and promoting research by independent scientists.

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