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The Advocate: Letters: St. James’ industrial development damages the lives of Black residents

Five years ago, I received a call from Pastor Harry Joseph inviting me to his church in St. James to discuss concerns about the Bayou Bridge pipeline being rammed into the parish. In the subsequent years, I have attended dozens of St. James Parish Council meetings in which Black residents stand and tell the council that they are sick and tired of the pollution and illness that industry brings. The council members sit impassively. Some check their phones.