environment

La. Democrats ignoring Cancer Alley

Cancer Alley’s been ignored by state’s top Democrats, activist says in Poor People Campaign event

BY: - March 2, 2021

One of the nation’s most prominent defenders of the poor and their right to live in environments free of pollution included Louisiana’s Cancer Alley in his weekly call to activism Monday during which a St. James Parish resident accused the state’s leading Democrats, specifically Gov. John Bel Edwards and former Rep. Cedric Richmond, of ignoring […]

Report: Internal memo shows DuPont knew its LaPlace plant was polluting air 

BY: - February 20, 2021

Chemicals manufacturer DuPont decided to sell its LaPlace plant after determining it would cost too much to reduce its emissions of a toxic chemical, according to the Guardian, which based its report on an internal memo from DuPont that was entered as an exhibit in a lawsuit filed in St. John the Baptist Parish. The […]

Winter storm leaves Louisiana with 1 million under boil-water notice and 125k without power 

BY: - February 18, 2021

Much of the state remained bleak in the wake of a deadly winter storm that pierced Louisiana this week as nearly a million residents remained under boil-water advisories and 125,000 were without electricity in frigid temperatures as of noon Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. Of those without power, about 20,000 — mostly in the […]

While Biden calls for unity, Louisiana GOP delegation blasts him for blocking Keystone pipeline

BY: - January 21, 2021

None of the current members of Louisiana’s GOP congressional delegation immediately acknowledged Joe Biden’s election as president when the race was called Nov. 7, and with the exception of Sen. Bill Cassidy, each of them either signed onto a lawsuit that sought to throw out votes in four key states that Biden won or voted […]

Attorneys general demand Army Corps review Formosa facility

Judge dismisses Formosa Plastics lawsuit, but permit remains suspended

BY: - January 5, 2021

A federal court in Washington D.C. on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a wetlands permit for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish; however, the lawsuit had already accomplished one of its primary goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended Formosa’s permit in November, and the permit remains suspended as the […]

After criminal charges against them are dropped, prominent Louisiana environmentalists vow to keep fighting chemical plants

BY: - December 21, 2020

Louisiana environmentalist Anne Rolfes said Monday that she’ll continue to push for a moratorium to stop more petrochemical plants from building along the Mississippi River after avoiding terrorizing charges for delivering plastic pollution to an industry lobbyist’s Baton Rouge home last year. On Friday, the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office announced it would not […]

Gov. Edwards creates new environmental task force to study Atchafalaya Basin

BY: - December 14, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed an executive order creating the Atchafalaya River Basin Restoration and Enhancement (ARBRE) Task Force in an effort to address long-standing environmental issues in the basin and raise public awareness of those issues. “The irony of the Atchafalaya Basin is that while it is suffering from an abundance of […]

Louisiana climate task force holds first meeting

BY: - November 10, 2020

Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, a body Gov. John Bel Edwards created through an Aug. 19 executive order,  held its inaugural meeting at the capitol building on Monday, and its chairperson said the task force’s effort will be about “leading us away from environmental disaster and economic hardship and towards a better future for our […]

Formosa Plastics permit suspended by Army Corps

BY: - November 5, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday announced through a court filing in federal court in Washington its plans to suspend its permit for a proposed 1500-acre Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish.  The announcement came before today’s Nov. 5 filing deadline for the Corps to defend its issuance of a permit to […]

COMMENTARY

A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura’s damage in this area of oil fields and industry

BY: - September 4, 2020

By John Pardue, Louisiana State University Hurricane Laura plowed through the heart of Louisiana’s oil and chemical industries as a powerful Category 4 storm, leaving a chlorine plant on fire and the potential for more hazardous damage in its wake. The burning BioLab facility sent dark smoke and chlorine gas into the air over the […]

After Hurricane Laura makes landfall, crews battle chlorine fire at BioLab plant in Westlake

BY: - August 27, 2020

In the destructive wake of Hurricane Laura, emergency responders and hazmat crews spent most of Thursday battling a chemical fire at a chlorine plant in Westlake in Calcasieu Parish. The BioLab facility, located on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles, sustained unspecified damages as Laura struck Cameron and Calcasieu parishes early Thursday, causing the plant’s chlorine […]

How many burial sites are on the land where Formosa Plastics plans to build?

BY: - July 20, 2020

Rise St. James and Formosa Plastics don’t agree about what’s going to happen in the future.  The environmental justice group says air, water and soil quality are already awful in St. James Parish, and, if Formosa Plastics is allowed to build a $9.4B manufacturing complex on the west bank, the environment will become even more […]