Environmental groups walked alongside striking oil refinery workers on the picket line outside the Motiva complex in Norco on Wednesday (Feb. 25) to support calls to improve safety and beef up staffing at refineries nationwide. Nearly 900 workers in St. Charles Parish joined the nationwide United Steelworkers union strike on Sunday.
Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, said it was important for her group to stand with workers as they push for a safer workplace.
A barge cleaning and repair facility proposed to be built along the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge is raising questions for residents in the nearby Riverbend area, who want to know what kind of air pollution the facility could cause in their neighborhood and why they weren't notified about the project.
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