Go Back
Press release

Dr. Robert D. Bullard To Lead Rapid Response Team Of National Leaders, Experts And Technical Advisors To Visit Elba, Ala

The Rapid Response Team will tour the Shiloh community, listen to residents’ concerns and work with them on possible solutions to the flooding, infrastructure and natural gas pipeline problem.

Bullard Center

Date
November 7, 2023
Share

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

For Immediate Release - November 7, 2023
Dr. Robert D. Bullard To Lead Rapid Response Team Of National Leaders, Experts And Technical Advisors To Visit Elba, Alabama Shiloh Community.

The Rapid Response Team will tour the Shiloh community, listen to residents’ concerns and work with them on possible solutions to the flooding, infrastructure and natural gas pipeline problem.

Houston, TX Tuesday November 7, 2023 – “The Father of Environmental Justice”, professor Robert D. Bullard, and a Rapid Response Team (RRT) of national leaders, experts and technical advisors will be visiting his hometown, Elba, Alabama, for a second community-led tour and listening session on November 9, 2023. The mostly Black Shiloh community has been plagued with flooding for more than five years. It’s a problem residents believe was caused by the 2018 expansion and elevation of U.S. Highway 84 into a four-lane road—placing the community in a bowl to protect the road from flooding.

An in-depth investigation by ABC News uncovered glaring disparities and differential treatment of Shiloh’s Black property owners compared to White property owners along the stretch of the new highway.  Their analysis confirmed that there is minimal flood risk to Shiloh properties, with less than a one percent chance of flooding over the next five years, due to natural events such as heavy downpours or overflowing streams. A recent flood risk model estimates only thirteen-percent of the properties in the census tract neighborhood that includes Shiloh are at significant risk for flooding. FEMA data shows there are no flood hazard zones requiring property owners to have flood insurance. The Shiloh community is now facing a greater risk of flooding, water and sewer problems, foundations and structural damage to homes due to sinking land, and potential cancellation of their property insurance. In addition, residents face growing risk from a natural gas pipeline placed a few feet from their homes.  

The November 9th visit will start with a Press Statement and Community Tour at 12:30pm CST in Shiloh, AL (Location: 14632 US Highway 84 Elba, AL 36323), which will be followed by a Community Listening Session from 2:00pm to 4:30 pm CST in New Brockton, AL (Location: 130 Vester Cole St, New Brockton, AL 36351). The RRT will listen to Shiloh residents’ concerns, priorities and needs and work with them to match this information with potential solutions—funding opportunities that align with Justice40, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Groups that have confirmed to attend the one-day Shiloh meeting include: Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at TSU (Houston), Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (New Orleans), HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium (Alabama, Texas and Louisiana), HBCU Environmental and Climate Justice Screening Tool (HCEJST) Team (Tennessee), National Black Environmental Justice Network (Texas and Louisiana), Organization of Human Rights & Democracy (Atlanta),  Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution (Alabama), People’s Justice Council (Alabama), People Against Neighborhood Industrial Contamination (Alabama), Shift7, Clean, Healthy, Educated Safe and Sustainable Community (Alabama), NAACP (Alabama), National Wildlife Federation (Washington, DC), Southern Environmental Law Center (Alabama), Earthjustice (Houston),  Environmental Protection Network (Washington, DC), Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition (Alabama), Chisholm Legacy Project and Organized Uplifting Resources Strategies (South Carolina).

Media Coverage:
Media planning to attend in person are encouraged to RSVP by 12 P.M. on Wednesday, November 8, 2023. RSVP to David Castillo at David.Castillo@tsu.edu.

About the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice
The Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University was launched in 2021 to address long standing issues of systemic inequality and structural racism that cause disproportionate pain, suffering and death in Black and other people of color communities. The Bullard Center works to promote environmental, climate, economic, energy, transportation, food and water and health justice. Texas Southern University is a student-centered comprehensive doctoral university committed to ensuring equality, offering innovative programs that are responsive to its urban setting, and transforming diverse students into lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and creative leaders in their local, national, and global communities.

Latest Releases

May 7, 2024

“Liquefying the Gulf Coast” examines how liquefied natural gas production disproportionately harms low-income communities and communities of color.

April 24, 2024

Dr. Beverly Wright and Dr. Robert D. Bullard released the following statements in response to EPA rule

April 23, 2024

The grant, through the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund’s “Solar For All” program, is one of the largest awarded of its kind.

April 2, 2024

USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg will tour the historically Black Shiloh community in Elba, Alabama, which has flooded repeatedly since a highway expansion project was completed in 2018.

February 21, 2024

Dr. Robert D. Bullard and Elba Shiloh Community to Participate in “Journey to Justice” Tour in Athens, Alabama's Flood-Prone Strain Road Neighborhood

February 19, 2024

Bullard Center Presents Exclusive Black History Month Screening: 'Clearing the Air' - Unveiling Environmental Justice Narratives in Communities of Color

February 1, 2024

Sierra Club Leaders to Join Dr. Robert D. Bullard on February 5th Black History Month Kickoff “Journey to Justice” Tour in South Alabama

January 26, 2024

The Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice Responds to Biden Administration Announcement to Pause New LNG Export Approvals & Reassess Public Interest Determination

January 9, 2024

The Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University proudly announces a significant accomplishment by Dr. Abdulla Alabbasi, a recent Fellow with the U.S. Department of State's IREX Community Solutions Program.

December 20, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University was selected as one of the eleven “Grantmakers” under its $600 million Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking (EJ TCGM) program, created by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the largest investment in climate action in history.

November 7, 2023

The Rapid Response Team will tour the Shiloh community, listen to residents’ concerns and work with them on possible solutions to the flooding, infrastructure and natural gas pipeline problem.

October 13, 2023

Proposal would bring solar power and jobs to the U.S. South.

October 10, 2023

Bullard Center Re-launches People of Color Environmental Groups Directory to Connect Environmental and Climate Justice Communities

August 23, 2023

This Is A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity To Support Transformative Change And Accelerate A Just Transition To A Clean Economy

August 16, 2023

On August 16, 2023, leading environmental justice organizations, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) and Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice, will kick off the Justice40 August convening in New Orleans, LA.

July 25, 2023

The Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University has been awarded $150,000 from America Is All In to expand its proven community-based organizing efforts across the United States.

July 10, 2023

Residents are tired of being ignored after years of flooding caused by highway expansion.

May 23, 2023

Two Bullard Center Graduate Research Assistants were selected for summer Environmental Justice Research Program.

May 2, 2023

Starting in Summer 2023, the Bullard Center will recruit and mentor 20 undergraduate students annually to participate in the HBCU EJ Climate Corps.

March 16, 2023

The Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Waverley Street Foundation (WSF).

March 10, 2023

Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University and Dr. Beverly Wright, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice launch the HBCU Climate and Environmental Justice Screening Tool.

February 16, 2023

Dr. Beverly Wright of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Dr. Robert D. Bullard of the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University Continue Collaboration to Implement Justice40 Initiative

January 10, 2023

Dr. Robert Bullard releases statement on new grant funding. The Bullard Center is fully committed to this long overdue initiative. The time is right and it’s the right thing to do. We applaud EPA Administrator Regan for his bold leadership in environmental justice.

January 10, 2023

Historic grant funding for environmental justice will support projects in communities overburdened by pollution and historic underinvestment

December 20, 2022

Joining Forces to Bring Environmental Justice and Clean Energy Access to People of Color

October 25, 2022

Ed Pettitt, Graduate Research Assistant at the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice, will review microgrant applications, advocate on behalf of environmental and energy justice communities, and identify projects that maximize value and impact for their neighborhoods.

October 25, 2022

Deep South Center For Environmental Justice, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice Join International Partners for Historic Environmental Justice Presence in the Blue Zone

October 11, 2022

Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, is among six luminaries who will be conferred with Honorary Doctorates from the University of Johannesburg.

September 21, 2022

Building on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Beyond Coal and Beyond Carbon, Beyond Petrochemicals will partner with frontline communities to block the construction of 120+ planned new petrochemical projects