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Members of several environmental and health groups gathered in the lobby of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office on Wednesday, protesting the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project and asking him to at least do an environmental impact study.
Today, a broad base of Louisiana advocacy groups opposed to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, represented by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), invoked public records laws to force Bayou Bridge LLC to make its records, including internal communications, available to the public.
Environmental groups are demanding that builders of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline turn over project records, including internal company communications, arguing that they are subject to release under Louisiana's public records law.
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."