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NOLA.COM: Marrero oil recycler Vertex draws opposition from politicians

The political debate over a Marrero oil recycling center erupted again Thursday (Feb. 11), as West Bank officials joined with New Orleans City Council members to speak out against the plant's efforts to expand its operations.

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The Times-Picayune: Groups plan to 'Surround the Superdome' to stop new Gulf drilling

Environmental groups want President Barack Obama to halt oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico and for the industry to immediately hire 1,000 new employees to address problems with energy infrastructure.

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WDSU News: Louisiana environmental groups to protest against new drilling leases in Gulf of Mexico

By Kelsey Davis

NEW ORLEANS — Two groups wanting to put an end to new drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico are pushing for people to join their cause.

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WDSU News: Plant Expansion Permit Faces Pushback from Community

Vertex Energy wants to increase production.

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The Times-Picayune: Marrero Oil Recycler Vows to Keep Odors Contained, but Neighbors Object to Expansion

Vertex Refining in Marrero is seeking changes to its state permit that, among other things, would allow it to increase the amount of oil it processes.

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WWLTV.COM: Marrero Neighbors Fighting Vertex Plant Expansion

White smoke, billowing from the Vertex Energy plant is hard to miss in Marrero on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish. But, it's not what you see, instead it's what you smell that bothers neighbors like Ralph Rodgers who lives near the used oil refinery at River Road and Barataria.

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The New Orleans Advocate: Hearing to be Held on Air-Quality Permit for Marrero Oil Recycling Plant

A Marrero plant that recycles motor oil is seeking to increase its daily capacity by about one third, and the state Department of Environmental Quality will host a meeting this month to gather public comment on the plan.

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The Times Picayune: Marrero Oil Recycler with History of Complaints Seeks to Expand Output

A Marrero oil recycling facility that has drawn complaints from neighbors for causing emissions and odors is looking to expand its operations.

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St. Charles Herald Guide: St. Rose Activist Helps Secure Tighter Emissions Standards for Refineries

On Sept. 29, the EPA released new air standards with tighter restrictions on oil refineries emissions and particularly on benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer. The new rule mandated, for the first time, “fenceline” monitoring that requires refineries to install air monitors on the site to measure benzene emissions and act when the levels exceed allowable levels.

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Statement from Martha Huckabay, Vice President of St. Rose Community One Voice, regarding the EPA’s new Refinery Rule

“Although this new refinery rule is good progress and a step in the right direction, we still have a long fight ahead of us. This rule will monitor for benzene, a known carcinogen.  Our problem in St.


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