environmental justice

Charges dropped against activists protesting Louisiana pipeline

BY: - July 13, 2021

Environmental groups celebrated Tuesday as they announced that District Attorney Bofill “Bo” Duhé, chief prosecutor in St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes, rejected all charges against 17 people who were charged with crimes in 2018 for violating a law making it a felony to be at or near pipelines or construction sites without permission. […]

This session made the 8th consecutive year the Louisiana Legislature heaped praise on Formosa Plastics

BY: - June 10, 2021

For nearly a decade, Louisiana lawmakers have passed annual resolutions encouraging closer economic ties with Taiwan. Dating back to 2014, these resolutions have mentioned Formosa Plastics, the company behind a controversial plan to build a giant plastics manufacturing complex in St. James Parish. This year, Senate Concurrent Resolution 20 by Sen. Barrow Peacock (R-Bossier City) […]

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Louisiana’s shrinking wetlands puts communities and cultures at risk | Charles Allen

BY: - May 11, 2021

Last year, I had the opportunity to board a small plane and fly over Louisiana’s coast. Taking off from the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, recognizable landmarks like the Louisiana Superdome quickly faded into the background, and in only 20-30 minutes, we were flying over open water. We often hear that our wetlands are vanishing, but […]

‘It’s going to hurt the people,’ resident says of bill to make Louisiana a ‘fossil fuel sanctuary state’

BY: - May 10, 2021

Just south of Oil City, where state Rep. Danny McCormick is from, is the predominantly Black city of Shreveport. Residents there breathe some of the most toxic air in the country. Oil refineries owned by UOP and Calumet contribute to the town’s toxic emissions, according to the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory. But as previously reported […]

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By objecting to the term ‘Cancer Alley,’ Sen. Bill Cassidy is defending polluters, not Louisiana

BY: - February 5, 2021

“He call himself a doctor?” a fuming Sharon Lavigne said of U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy Thursday morning. “What kind of doctor is he?! A doctor to just let people die?” For the record, the senior senator from Louisiana is a gastroenterologist, a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the digestive system, but Lavigne, a […]

Air Quality Regulators in ‘Cancer Alley’ Have Fallen Dangerously Behind

BY: - February 2, 2021

Mark Schleifstein, ProPublica This story was originally published by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality needs to do a better job of identifying industrial polluters that don’t properly report emission violations, and it […]

Attorneys general demand Army Corps review Formosa facility

Biden pauses new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

BY: - January 27, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden signed a host of executive orders on climate Wednesday that put a hold on new oil and gas leases on federal property, place environmental justice in the center of climate reform and set goals of conserving nearly a third of the nation’s land and water.  “Our plans are ambitious, but we are […]

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 […]

Rise St. James files injunction seeking to halt construction of $9.4B Formosa Plastics plant

BY: - July 15, 2020

Rise St. James, a faith-based environmental justice group in St. James Parish took its fight against Formosa Plastics to Washington Tuesday by asking a federal judge in the District of Columbia to issue an injunction against the Taiwanese corporation’s plan to construct a $9.4 B, 1,500-acre plastics manufacturing complex.  The group alleges that the U.S. […]

Louisiana Bucket Brigade leaders say their arrests for terrorism is payback

BY: - June 29, 2020

Two women from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade were arrested on charges related to terrorism Thursday, six months after they left a box of plastic on the front porch of a lobbyist for the petrochemical industry as a form of protest. Their arrests come one week after they won a civil dispute against Formosa Plastics. Anne […]