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Oil Industry Accident Awareness Month (OIAAM)


Oil refineries in Louisiana have an average of 6 accidents a week, releasing harmful chemicals into surrounding communities. These chemicals include respiratory irritants and carcinogens that cause harmful health effects on nearby residents. However, many of these accidents are preventable if companies would perform routine maintenance and make the necessary upgrades to protect their workers and neighbors.

Oil Industry Accident Awareness Month (OIAAM) seeks to raise awareness about the frequency and preventability of oil industry accidents and their malignant effects on communities. During the month of November, OIAAM will feature events of all types while highlighting the great work of organizations striving to hold the oil industry accountable.

The calendar of events so far includes:

  • "Possum Kingdom" This play, presented by Cripple Creek Theatre Company, is a world premiere inspired by the unfolding environmental ruination and societal crises in south Louisiana. The play will run October 18th - November 10th and November 23rd in New Orleans. Buy tickets here.
    • Each evening November 1st - November 3rd will include an original spoken word piece and visual artwork in partnership with the Down By the River project.
  • "Cry You One" An outdoor performance of storytelling that journeys into the heart of Louisiana's disappearing wetlands. Performances will run on weekends October 26th to November 24th in St. Bernard. Buy tickets here.
  • Down By the River Tour This bike tour explores environmental and African American history along Louisiana's River Road. Tour will be on November 2nd from 10AM to 3PM. Contact kristen@labucketbrigade.org  for more information.
  • Graphing CO2 Action Join 350NOLA as they get 50+people to represent 50 data points and walk New Orleans as part of an awareness campaign of CO2 concentration on November 2nd at 6:30. Details here.
  • "Mission: Zero Accidents" Report & Video Release A report and video examining Louisiana's refinery accidents in 2012 will be released by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade on November 4th in Boston, MA at the American Public Health Association's conference and on November 11th in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport.
  • Oil Industry Photography Exhibit Photographs of oil infrastructure and the industry's effects on the environment taken by Jonathan Henderson of the Gulf Restoration Network, will be displayed at the Bridge Lounge (1201 Magazine St, New Orleans), with the opening reception on November 5th at 7PM.
  • KXL Rally New Orleans tells President Obama that we don't need more oil industry accidents. November 8th. Location TBA. Details here.
  • "Possum Kingdom" An encore performance will take place in Lockport, LA November 15th - 17th.
  • Yard Art Tour (YAT-3) Oil and pollution themed yard art will be displayed in the Bywater, Faubourg Marigny, and Central City as part of The New Orleans Fringe Festival November 20th to 24th.
  • "My Louisiana Love" A film tracing a young woman's quest to find her place in her Native American community as it undergoes environmental degradation will be screened on November 22nd from 11AM to 12PM at the Bourg Library, 4405 St. Andrew Street, Bourg, LA 70343.
  • Julie Dermansky's "Industry in Louisiana " An online photography exhibit will be on display here.

If you would like to have an event featured as a part of Oil Industry Accident Awareness Month, contact Kellan at kellan@labucketbrigade.org.