At 2 PM on Friday, October 25th Valero Refinery in Meraux, LA reported a large discharge of crude oil from a rupture in a crude unit to the National Response Center. This crude unit in the refinery had a series of small explosions and a fire in the summer of 2012. This pattern of accidents not only poses threats to families’ health, but also demonstrates Valero’s inability to operate a refinery safely.
At 2 PM on Friday, October 25th Valero Refinery in Meraux, LA reported a discharge of crude oil from a rupture in a crude unit to the National Response Center: map.labucketbrigade.org/reports/view/12186. The rupture caused 200 barrels of oil to spill into the Mississippi River and onto a stretch of St. Bernard Highway around the plant. The first citizen report to the iWitness Pollution map came in 27 minutes after the NRC report. There were 10 citizen reports about the accident to the iWitness Pollution map between Friday, October 25th and Monday, October 28th.
The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice hosted the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Environmental Justice Community Training Workshop on September 25th through the 27th at the Renaissance Hotel in New Orleans. The purpose of this event, as touted by the EPA, was to come up with action items to address environmental injustices across EPA Region 6, which includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The action items were to be based on conference participants’ consensus on what the biggest “issues” were; subsequently potential “solutions” voiced as prioritized recommendations to the EPA Region 6 Office of Environmental Justice.
As petrochemical accident researchers, we analyze publicly available discharge reports of oil companies. We track pounds and gallons of pollution by oil refineries and chemical plants across the state to point out trends to the general public. Unfortunately, many of the neighborhoods impacted by these emissions from a health standpoint are comprised of mostly African American and young populations.
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