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Community and Environmental Groups Herald Improvements in New Oil Refinery Pollution Standards

All U.S. Refineries Must Measure Benzene in Communities for the First Time

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Groups Bring Pope’s Message to New Orleans: Urge Action on Pollution and Climate Change

(New Orleans) Pope Francis’ call for an “ecological conversion” for the faithful is being echoed on the streets of New Orleans today, as religious leaders and longtime advocates bring his message to a region beset by oil spill

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Groups Gather in Conjunction with Pope’s Visit and D.C. Climate March

WHO: The Commission on Stewardship of the Environment of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the Alliance for Affordable Energy and others.

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Change Gotta Come: A Concert to Get Out the Vote

Change Gotta Come, featuring Theresa Andersson, Stooges Brass Band

A Concert to Get Out the Vote

WHO: The Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the Power Coalition, including the Alliance Institute, BreakOUT, FFLIC – Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, the Jeremiah Group, Neighborhood Partnership Network, OPEN – Orleans Public Education Network, the Service Employees International Union, Stand with Dignity, VAYLA New Orleans, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, One Voice, Women with a Vision, VOTE - Voice of the Ex Offender. 

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#YouShellNotPass Blockades Shut Down Terminal 5

"...Just last week I was at a rally in front of a polluting Shell asphalt refinery in Saint Rose, Louisiana. Neighbors there are sick from Shell’s pollution. Shell cannot safely operate the facilities it already has. There’s no way this company should be allowed to drill in the Arctic,” Said Anne Rolfes, a New Orleans resident participating in today’s action."

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NEW results from federal air samples show pollution from Shell / IMTT in St. Ros

St. Rose Community One Voice

Contact:  Martha Huckabay, Vice President, St. Rose Community One Voice, 504.812.7775

Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, 504.452.4909


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Lawsuit Prompts EPA to Revise Emissions Estimates for Flares Upward for volatile organic compounds


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Complaint: California Communities Against Toxics v. McCarthy

Community groups (including LABB) sue EPA for stronger air toxics protection. See the PDF below for the complaint:

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Community Groups Sue EPA to Win Stronger Air Toxics Protection for Louisiana

(New Orleans, LA) Today, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and eight other community-based environmental and public health groups filed suit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. against the U.S.

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Steelworkers Gain Support

(Norco, LA) In the last ten years the two Motiva refineries in Louisiana have had over 500 accidents, an indication that the refineries’ increasing reliance on contract workers risks the health and safety of the workers and the surrounding communities. Motiva is a joint venture of Shell and Saudi Aramco. “Shell is being short sighted in its zeal to eke out maximum quarterly and annual profits at the expense of worker salaries and benefits,” said Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. “The result is more accidents, more dangerous accidents and a risk to the workers and the people who live nearby.”


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