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Water Protectors Take Action to Keep Pipeline Out of Marginalized Communities

August 21, 2018 - 12:40am
Water Protectors Take Action to Keep Pipeline Out of Marginalized Communities

Chants of “St. James needs an evacuation route!” came from the dozen-plus activists gathered at Louisiana Radio Network on July 18. The activists were part of the L’Eau Est La Vie (“Water Is Life”) camp, in Rayne, Louisiana. They want to stop the construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana from St. Charles to St. James, through the Atchafalaya Basin.

Water Protectors Charged With Felonies Under Louisiana’s Anti-Protest Law

August 18, 2018 - 12:03am
Water Protectors Charged With Felonies Under Louisiana’s Anti-Protest Law

The Atchafalaya Basin is the nation’s largest river swamp and home to some of the most pristine wetlands in Louisiana, so the frontlines of the fight to stop construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline are only accessible by water. The sun is beginning to set when a group of Water Protectors pick me up in a small boat and bring me into the basin. Egrets and great blue herons take flight as we glide down the bayou. A bright-eyed fisher waves us down along the way, pulling up beside us to trade a sack of crawfish for some ice from our cooler.

Years After EPA Cited Health Risks From Chemical Plant, Is Enough Being Done?

July 21, 2018 - 12:04am
Years After EPA Cited Health Risks From Chemical Plant, Is Enough Being Done?

What should be done about a chemical plant in Louisiana’s St. John the Baptist Parish that releases chloroprene — a chemical so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined nearby residents face the highest risk in the country of developing cancer from air pollution?
The answer is simple, according to Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré: “Fix it, move it, or shut it down.” Honoré is founder of the Green Army, a coalition of environmental groups and concerned citizens fighting against pollution in their communities.

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