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Response to LMOGA January 2013 iWitness Map Report


Thank you for your time in reviewing our January 2013 monthly analysis. We appreciate your attention to the industry problem of chemical accidents, though we wish your response had included concern about the people who have reported health harms. One worried mother in Chalmette posted on January 25th that her family’s chronic sickness including nausea, throwing up, and dizziness) may be due from her home’s proximity to Chalmette chemical plants

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Oil Industry Trade Group Celebrates 90 Years at Ritz Carlton February 20-21

The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association — a trade association and lobbying group representing industry –celebrates its 90th birthday next week at its annual meeting February 20-21 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans.

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iWitness Monthly Report Summary for January

View the iWitness Monthly Report Summary for January, 2013.

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Oil is Not a Toxin

“Oil is not a toxin.” Just one of the unforgettable messages that resonated at our Art-to-Action workshop in Norco on January 18th for 34 artists and activists participating in the Network of Ensembles Theaters MicroFest. We took a trip that wound through the refinery, to the mostly empty community of Diamond, drumming and singing with the Guardians of the Flame, and then to the River Region Performing Arts and Cultural Center.

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LSU Center for Energy, Coast, and Environment holds Oil Spills Symposium

On Tuesday, January 29, I traveled with Bucket Brigade staff and Rapid Response Team volunteers to the LSU Center for Energy, Coast, and Environment to attend a day-long symposium “Response, Recovery, and Resilience to Oil Spills and Environmental Disasters: Engaging Experts and Communities.” Each LABB staff member came from a different social background and had a unique professional interest; thus we contributed as much in diversity as we learned at the conference

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Super Gras Champions!

Make maxing out celebrations work for you!

Now more than ever, our fair city wants to party hard and party green. ZomBeads is going to walk you through not only surviving, but winning Super Gras.

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Rapid Response Team Deploys to Chalmette

Last Friday, the Bucket Brigade’s Rapid Response Team deployed to Chalmette to talk to residents about their experiences and health effects after high levels of sulfur dioxide were measured in their area. The recent sulfur dioxide release, which exceeded the state limit, is suspected to have come from the Rain CII Petroleum Coke Processing Plant. This is the second release of this kind in the past month, the first on December 22nd, forced the Chalmette ferry to turn around on its trip from Algiers after the captain and several passengers became ill. Exposure to sulfur dioxide can be harmful, causing eye irritation, coughing, headaches, nasal blockage, emphysema, and bronchitis, and can exacerbate existing heart conditions. These effects can be more severe in children, elderly people, and asthmatics.

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Benzene Burning on the Open Flare, Sulfides Stinking in your Nose: The Fenceline Holiday Experience

Imagine flares and black smoke filling the air, toxic odors in your lungs, and a noise so deafening you can’t escape it even inside your house, and you’ve got a good idea of how refinery neighbors in Baton Rouge, Norco, Chalmette, and Shreveport spent this holiday season. Our chemical carols, originally written as a joke, became a chillingly accurate description of the holiday experience for many fenceline neighbors.

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EPA Releases Redacted Inspection Report of Exxon Mobil Baton Rouge

Since Exxon Mobil Baton Rouge’s 31,000 pound benzene release last June, the Bucket Brigade has been focusing on keeping Exxon accountable. On July 12th, Program Manager Anna Hrybyk, Standard Heights Community Association President Shirley Bowman, and Secretary Tonga Nolan flew to D.C. to request greater accountability of the refinery at the EPA headquarters. Just four days after their visit, the EPA conducted an unannounced inspection at the Baton Rouge refinery.


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