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Shell shuts door on relocation talks with Norco community: Company refuses to meet with expert, then changes mind

(Norco, La.) The Concerned Citizens of Norco, the community group that has been battling Shell to relocate them, is today blasting the company for its refusal this week to meet with the community.

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Norco residents up the ante in shell relocation battle

(Norco, La.) The Diamond citizens of Norco, La. increased the pressure on Shell today by bringing Michael Lythcott, a nationally recognized expert, into the battle for relocation.

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Mossville residents uncover chemical release at CITGO: Air samples show dangerous levels throughout parish

What: Mossville citizens, supported by residents throughout the parish and state, will tomorrow protest in front of the Lake Charles DEQ office to demand that the office investigate a Citgo refinery chemical release that appears to have lasted for days.

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Bill Moyers exposes chemical industry deceit: Shell named in program as suppressing health studies

(Norco, La.) Diamond residents and Shell critics lambasted Shell Chemical on Monday night for its deceit as exposed in The Bill Moyers program Trade Secrets. "We have known all along about their tricks and their ploys," said Margie Richard, President of Concerned Citizens of Norco.

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DEQ lines pockets at expense of Diamond community

(New Orleans, La.)  The state Department of Environmental Quality was blasted today by the victims of Motiva's alleged criminal behavior.

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DEQ Press Release: State, national settlements with Motiva are "largest ever" in DEQ history

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced today the settlement of major state enforcement cases with Motiva Enterprises LLC (Motiva) for violating air and water quality provisions of the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act.  In addition, DEQ helped to settle major national

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Orion Refinery explodes again: DEQ investigation inconsequential; second fire in two weeks

(New Sarpy, La.) Orion neighbors and The Louisiana Bucket Brigade today blasted Orion Refinery for its Friday night explosion, a blast so powerful that it was felt ten miles away.

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Tulane campus action targets Shell's Norco facility: Students announce support for African American community

(March 8, 2001, New Orleans, La.) Calling on Shell to relocate all four blocks of Norco's Diamond neighborhood, the leaders of Tulane student groups today and a Tulane professor blasted Shell for its decades long refusal to relocate Norco's African American community, known as Diamond.

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Orion Refining misleads press, community about flare: Eyewitness accounts, videotape tell of massive flaring, contradict Orion statements

(New Orleans, Feb. 1, 2001) Citizens, legal, and environmental groups joined together today to expose the troubled Orion Refinery's most recent assault on the community.

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Community air samples expose hazardous substances in air: Alsen citizens point finger at Ronaldson Field Dump

(January 31, 2001) Residents of North Baton Rouge Parish today are calling on the EPA to shut down the Ronaldson Fields Dump, citing two air samples taken near the dump that show hazardous wastes are present.  The air samples, taken by community members, revealed high levels of carbon disulfide,


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