78 Accident Reports in Two Weeks

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DisasterMap.net, Louisiana Bucket Brigade

November 3, 2016

For Immediate release

Contact: Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, (504) 452-4909, anne@labucketbrigade.org

Seventy-Eight Reports of Petrochemical Accidents in Two Week Period

Reports to federal government show maintenance problems 

What and when: Telepress conference about these accidents, NOON central time

Report summary (map, key findings, spreadsheet of reports) available at www.labucketbrigade.org

Call in number: (712) 451-0200 Access Code: 435623

(New Orleans) Pipeline leaks, faulty valves, a ruptured hose, cracked pipes and storage tank malfunctions are just some of the equipment problems detailed by the petrochemical industry in its accident reports to the federal government. “People in Louisiana should be under no illusions: the oil industry has a serious accident problem, and there is no branch of government at any level that is taking this seriously,” said Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. “We the people have to take matters into our own hands, and our approach is stop new infrastructure projects and transition to clean energy. Let’s stop new drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Let’s stop the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline.”

Sixty-three of the reports released today are those filed to the federal National Response Center. An additional 15 are from citizen reports to iWitnessPollution.org. The reports were compiled in a map, available at labucketbrigade.org, by Dr. Ezra Boyd of DisasterMap.net. "I was shocked by the report that an entire family was sickened in their own home by a mysterious odor. No one else has reported this story and no one has been held accountable for this public health threat."

The map includes a record of average temperatures to underscore the fact that many of the accidents are in the fossil fuel industry and are contributing to climate change. Average temperatures for the two week period are five degrees warmer than normal.

Today’s report also includes findings from an analysis of the reports. Key findings include:

  • Equipment is failing. Sixty-three percent of all the reports cited equipment problems as the cause.
  • Dangerous chemicals, including benzene, ammonia, diesel and vinyl chloride, were released during the time period.
  • Pipeline companies had problems. This is relevant given the fight over the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline.

Community members were impacted by the chemical releases. Walter Moses of St. Rose reported to iWitnessPollution.org, “There is so much odor from the sky that anybody with respiratory disease would probably have an attack. As fast as I wash my vehicle, it is covered again. No one should be breathing this.”

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