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Plastics Plant Will Bulldoze Over Black History in ‘Cancer Alley’

Plastics Plant Will Bulldoze Over Black History in ‘Cancer Alley’

A major plastics manufacturing complex planned for construction in a highly-polluted region of Louisiana may disrupt a historic slave burial site, The Intercept reports. Human remains and evidence of grave shafts were discovered earlier this year on land being developed by Formosa Plastics Group in St. James Parish in Louisiana. The plant could double the […]

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    Hurricanes, Water Wars Threaten New High-End Oyster Industry on Gulf Coast

    Hurricanes, Water Wars Threaten New High-End Oyster Industry on Gulf Coast

    By Daniel R. Petrolia and William C. Walton For Cainnon Gregg, 2018 started out as a great year. After leaving his job as an installation artist to become a full-time oyster farmer in Wakulla County, Florida in 2017, Gregg began raising small oysters in baskets or bags suspended in the shallow, productive coastal waters of […]

    Why Plans to Turn America’s Rust Belt Into a New Plastics Belt Are Bad News for the Climate

    Why Plans to Turn America’s Rust Belt Into a New Plastics Belt Are Bad News for the Climate

    By Sharon Kelly The petrochemical industry anticipates spending a total of over $200 billion on factories, pipelines, and other infrastructure in the U.S. that will rely on shale gas, the American Chemistry Council announced in September. Construction is already underway at many sites. This building spree would dramatically expand the Gulf Coast’s petrochemical corridor (known […]

    Exxon Settles Air Pollution Lawsuit, Will Pay $2.5 Million in Fines, $300 Million for Technology Upgrades

    Exxon Settles Air Pollution Lawsuit, Will Pay $2.5 Million in Fines, $300 Million for Technology Upgrades

    Exxon will pay millions to upgrade eight Gulf-area plants in a major settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The oil giant’s agreement to pay $300 million to outfit oil and gas plants in Texas and Louisiana with pollution-control technology follows allegations that the company violated the Clean Air Act by releasing […]

    Oil Rig Explodes in Louisiana: 7 Injured, 1 Missing

    Oil Rig Explodes in Louisiana: 7 Injured, 1 Missing

    An oil rig exploded on Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana Sunday night, injuring seven crew members, with an eighth believed to be missing, authorities said. The explosion was reported at 7:18 p.m. near St. Charles Parish and the city of Kenner. The platform, located in unincorporated Jefferson Parish, is owned by New Orleans-based Clovelly Oil Company. Chief […]

    ‘Cancer Alley’ Residents Sue DuPont

    ‘Cancer Alley’ Residents Sue DuPont

    Thirteen Louisiana residents who live in the shadow of one of the most toxic factories in the country recently filed a lawsuit against the facility’s co-owners, DuPont and Denka, in an attempt to stop or reduce the production of an air pollutant linked to serious health problems, including cancer. The plaintiffs are currently seeking approval […]