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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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Community Interview: Wanda Weber

Chemical Odor in St. Rose

On June 13th in response to calls about a chemical odor, the Bucket Brigade deployed its Emergency Response Team to talk to the St. Rose community and take health surveys. Over 80% of residents interviewed by the Bucket Brigade reported health effects from vomiting to diarrhea. 

The neighboring industrial facilities - Shell and IMTT - as well as the spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Quality stated that "we have found no levels [of air pollution] that are harmful to human health."

Despite these statements, community reports indicate that odors are a chronic problem in St. Rose and a process is not in place to adequately protect the health and safety of the fencline communities.

Wanda Weber "Stands Up"

Wanda Weber has been living in St. Rose her entire life. She's currently on oxygen, and when the odors intensified, she struggled to breathe. Her children had to rescue her from her home.

Watch this video to hear her story, her struggle, but most importantly, her reason for "standing up."

 

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