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New Report: Pollution from Louisiana Refineries Increasing
Louisiana’s 17 refineries reported 327 accidents in 2012, an average of six per week.

Mission: Zero Accidents
November 12th, 2013

Groups Protest Obama's Use of Louisiana as Energy Exporter

Oil & Gas Infrastructure in the Projected Path of Tropical Storm Karen

Down By The River Newsletter - August 2013
Down By The River is an ongoing collaboration between the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the Louisiana Museum of African-American History, Tulane University, and other partners that seeks to engage and reflect upon the human experience of social and environmental change along Louisiana's River Road.

Write a Letter to the Flood Protection Authority!
Please write the Southeast Flood Protection Authority TONIGHT! The Authority is undergoing a lot of political pressure to drop the lawsuit and they need our support!

Apply now for Social Entrepreneur or Volunteer Coordinator VISTA positions
August 30th, 2013
Deadline 9/19/2013

Oil Industry Campaign Contributions to Governor Jindal Exceed a Million Dollars
August 28th, 2013
Records Give Insight on Vociferous Attacks on Flood Protection Authority

Department of Natural Resources Called Out - Improper Contact with Oil Industry Coziness Reminiscent of Pre BP Days
August 27th, 2013
An exclusive meeting hosted by the Department of Natural Resources is coming under fire today for creating an inappropriate atmosphere between regulators and the oil companies they are supposed to regulate.

Take a great cemetery voodoo tour and raise funds for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade!
August 21st, 2013
Glenn Louis DeVillier is a historian, giving the very best of historic New Orleans tours.

Health Impact Survey Results: Intercontinental Terminals Accident 8.12.13 in Port Allen
August 20th, 2013
The Emergency Response Team conducts health surveys through personal conversations with residents affected by chemical accidents, and informs communities of tools to report experiences to local authorities.

The Advocate: Environmental groups look at pollution from refineries post-Hurricane Isaac
August 6th, 2013
The Gulf Monitoring Consortium released a report outlining the failures and success of Louisiana industrial facilities during Hurricane Isaac. The report finds that these facilities have lots of room for improvement when it comes to hurricane preparedness.

Lessons from Hurricane Isaac: Gulf Coast Coal and Petrochemical Facilities Still Not Storm Ready
August 6th, 2013

Flood Protection Authority Law Suit vs. Oil Industry Gains Support Cost of Flood Insurance, Storm Vulnerability Cited
July 30th, 2013
Nine groups today are publicly supporting the Southeast Flood Protection Authority’s law suit to force oil, gas and pipeline companies to pay for their destruction of the Louisiana coast.

Petition: Ask the Governor to stand up for coastal protection!
July 30th, 2013
The official, Governor-appointed board which manages the levees and storm protection system for New Orleans just filed a lawsuit against nearly 100 oil and gas companies which have been linked to the destruction of wetlands between New Orleans and the Gulf.

KTBS: Community Gets Help From EPA
July 26th, 2013
People living around Calumet Industries may be getting some help from the EPA in making sure their neighborhood is safe.

Center for Environmental Cooperation: CEC Secretariat receives a submission on enforcement of the United States Clean Air Act concerning refinery releases of toxic chemicals
July 9th, 2013
The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received a submission, SEM-13-002 (Louisiana Refinery Releases), on 3 July 2013, from the “Louisiana Bucket Brigade,” an environmental nongovernmental organization focused on protecting Louisiana communities from industrial pollution.

Alliance for Affordable Energy, Gulf Coast Fund Gulf Restoration Network, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
June 25th, 2013
President Obama’s announcement on climate change is getting strong support from a coalition of Gulf Coast organizations and individuals relieved that the President is finally taking strong action.

Geismar Residents Report Health Impacts from Explosion Experiences Contrast with Statements by Public Officials
June 18th, 2013
A six member Accident Response Team was deployed by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to a neighborhood in Geismar near the Williams Olefins plant that exploded on Thursday.

Survey Results: 74% of Neighbors Reported Health Impacts During Last Week’s Accident at ExxonMobil
June 5th, 2013
A leak in ExxonMobil’s sulfur recovery unit last week resulted in the release of various chemicals that harm human health, including the carcinogen benzene and the respiratory irritant sulfur dioxide.

NPR - Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil
May 30th, 2013
If you stand in front of Almena and Sidney Poray's house in Baton Rouge, La., and look straight down the street, past the other houses and the shade trees, you see more than a dozen plumes of exhaust in various hues of gray and white.

The Center for Public Integrity - 'Upset' emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground
May 21st, 2013
Shirley Bowman noticed the smell after 8 a.m. on June 14, 2012, her 61st birthday. In Baton Rouge, where the petrochemical industry dominates the landscape, foul odors resembling burnt rubber or propane are perennial.

Argus - Lawsuit alleges EPA under-reports refinery emissions
May 3rd, 2013
Environmental groups are suing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over an alleged failure to update how it measures emissions from flaring at refineries.

New Results: Fifty Percent of Residents Surveyed Experienced Health Impacts from Chalmette Refining Accident
April 9th, 2013
Fifty-five of 110 people surveyed by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s Rapid Response Team in Algiers reported health impacts from chemical exposure during last week’s accident at ExxonMobil’s Chalmette Refining.

Troubled Chalmette Refining Stinks Up Metro Area: Accident Prone Refinery Confirmed as Source of Chemical
April 4th, 2013
Another accident at Exxon’s notorious Chalmette Refinery was responsible for the chemical exposure suffered yesterday throughout the metro area.

Widespread Chemical Exposure in Region iWitness Pollution Reports from St. Bernard Parish to Harahan
April 3rd, 2013
A strong petroleum smell throughout the metro area has resulted in scratchy throats, headaches, eye irritation and other health impacts as described by citizen reports to the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s iWitness Pollution Map.

Calumet Accidents Rage on - 13 since December
April 3rd, 2013
Ongoing flares and accidents continue at the beleaguered Calumet Refinery, and neighbors are gathering today to detail the ongoing problems, to call on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the law and on the refinery to relocate its nearest neighbors away from its dangers.

New Release: Survey Results from Chevron’s Pipeline Fire
March 18th, 2013
Ten percent of residents experience health impacts.

USW Says Problems EPA Found at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana Refinery are Prevalent throughout Refining Sector
February 28th, 2013
The United Steelworkers (USW) comment on the universal failures brought forward by EPA's July 2012 inspection.

90 Years of Oil and Gas Devastation LMOGA Meeting
February 21st, 2013
FOIA Victory: Inspection of Exxon Released as Louisiana Mid Continent Oil and Gas Association Celebrates 90th Anniversary 90 Years of Wetland Destruction

St. Bernard Residents Sick from Oil Industry Pollution New Door to Door Survey Released Today
January 25th, 2013
Seventy people in Chalmette reported respiratory problems, headaches, and / or eye irritation in a door to door survey conducted by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s Rapid Response Team on Friday, January 18th.

EPA's Surprise Inspection of ExxonMobil Baton Rouge
December 20th, 2012
Read the full report (with ExxonMobil's redactions) here.

Common Ground IV
December 3rd, 2012
The Call for Cooperation to Reduce Accidents at Refineries in Louisiana

Common Ground: the Call for Cooperation to Reduce Accidents at Refineries in Louisiana
December 3rd, 2012
The fourth annual report on accidents and emissions in 2011.

Black Elk Energy Explosion Shows Careless Culture of the Oil Industry
November 16th, 2012
Statement from Anne Rolfes and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade

BP to pay $4 billion for felonies in spill deaths; workers also charged
November 15th, 2012

Motiva - St. Charles Herald: Motvia Slapped with $500,000 fine
October 26th, 2012
265 violations reported at Norco facility

Motiva fined half a million dollars for Clean Air Act Violations
October 18th, 2012

Read the full settlement here
October 17th, 2012

The Drum reporter - Baton Rouge residents say Benzene spill ignored as environmental crime
October 16th, 2012

Pray for Our Air
October 15th, 2012
Come out November 2nd for the next meeting!

WWLtv (NOLA): N.O. S&WB calls for precautionary boil water order on east bank
October 8th, 2012

Call for Yard Art!!
October 5th, 2012

Join our DRiL Team!
September 28th, 2012
Don't Ruin Louisiana!!

NOLA - ExxonMobil to expand two Louisiana chemical and lubricants plants
September 27th, 2012
Click to read the Air Prayer Litnay of "Pray for Our Air", and the new permits approved to expand a chemical facility

The Times-Picayune -(NOLA): Louisiana Bucket Brigade sues EPA over rules governing cancer-causing air pollution
September 27th, 2012

Examiner - Quake, fire, then Mexican pipeline blast kills 30: Sinkhole residents fear same
September 21st, 2012

WDSU (NOLA)- Environmental watchdog wants federal takeover of DEQ
September 19th, 2012
Click to watch WDSU news coverage

DEQ admonished for covering up Stolthaven problems; Resignation, federal takeover called for
September 19th, 2012

WTUL - LABB Program Manager, Anna Hrybyk, interview with WTUL
September 18th, 2012

The Times-Picayune (NOLA)- Holding DEQ accountable on Stolthaven's chemical release: Editorial
September 16th, 2012

Stolthaven Reported Chemical Release to the State
September 14th, 2012

Stolthaven Report Confirms Spill
September 14th, 2012
Click to read the full report

WWL4 (NOLA): Plant admits to release of more chemicals in Braithwaite than originally thought
September 13th, 2012

Stolthaven Accident: 191,000 gallons of chemicals, including carcinogens, into the water
September 13th, 2012
Company failed to prepare for Hurricane Isaac

The Advocate (Baton Rouge): Officials aided by past storm lessons
September 10th, 2012

We have 93 petrochemical related accidents from the storm as of Tuesday and a total of nearly 4.9 million pounds of solid and gas pollution and over 171,000 gallons of liquid pollution. Chalmette Refining estimated over 550,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide during start up and shut down due to the storm with more chemicals released in large amounts.
September 7th, 2012

WWL4 (NOLA): More than 90 oil and gas releases reported in SE Louisiana
September 6th, 2012
We led the evening news! Click the link to watch.

Hurricane Prep Failures in Every Sector of the Oil Industry
September 6th, 2012
Oil Industry Accidents During Hurricane Isaac Total Released: 4.9 million pounds and 171,000 gallons

Lack of Preparedness = 93 Oil Industry Accidents during Hurricane Isaac
September 6th, 2012

Isaac Oil Industry Accidents Press Conference Tomorrow
September 5th, 2012

Refinery Managers Urged to Shut Down Safely in Advance of Isaac
August 27th, 2012

UPDATE: Sun Drilling Divinylbenzene Accident
August 22nd, 2012

Gambit (New Orleans): Louisiana Bucket Brigade Dance-a-thon
August 21st, 2012

NBC News (New Orleans): Authorities investigate chemical reaction inside Belle Chasse plant
August 20th, 2012

Sneak-Peak Trailer!
August 20th, 2012
Learn the Crude-Step 2-Step!

Oil Monitoring Groups Says that Oil Industry-Government Coziness is Not in the Public Interest
Join us tomorrow, Friday August 17, at the Roosevelt Hotel at 10:15 am!

The Advocate (Baton Rouge): Plant neighbors complain of ailments
August 12th, 2012

Hands Across the Sand
August 2nd, 2012
Join us THIS Saturday, August 4th at Noon at Bayou St. John

Join us for our first annual Dance-A-Thon! August 25th at Cafe Istanbul from 2pm - 2am
SIGN UP NOW and you could win a Jazz Fest Brass Pass and a Worksman Bike!!

Hands Across the Sand
July 30th, 2012
Join us Saturday, August 4th, at 11:30 AM at Bayou St. John!

Dance-A-Thon
Stomp Out the Stink on August 25th!

Examiner: Exxon Mobil leaks more Benzene in Baton Rouge, a human rights abuse
June 26th, 2012

The Advocate (NOLA): DEQ Investigates Spill
June 22nd, 2012
Benzene release greater than first reported

Oil Monitoring Group Announced Today
June 19th, 2012
Newly Formed Observer Group to Monitor Oil Lease Sale Citizen Monitors Dispatched to the First Lease off Louisiana Coast since the BP Disaster

Get Involved at the Oil and Gas Lease Sale -- Be a Citizen Monitor or take Creative Action
On June 20, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be auctioning off the final unleased areas in the Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area--just off the Louisiana coast--for exploration and drilling. Get involved! There are two ways...

WWL4 (NOLA): Congressmen tour oil production in Gulf amid protests
May 25th, 2012

Request to revoke LDEQ Authority to administer environmental laws
May 17th, 2012
In the wake of four serious chemical emergencies in 63 days and an inadequate response by LDEQ. Read the full letter here.

LABB Bike Ride
May 15th, 2012
Join us Saturday, June 2nd at 10:00 AM at Bayou St. John

Shell Chemical 40 Foot Flare Burns for Five Hours (at least)
May 9th, 2012
(Norco) Five-hour flaring episode at Shell Chemical- routed through the Motiva Refinery flare - was captured on the online iWitness Pollution Map.

Angolan Oil Industry Fuels Corruption, Damages Economy and Lives
May 7th, 2012
Parallels to Louisiana Cited at Today’s Presentation by Angolan Ambassador to the U.S.

Statement in response to the first criminal indictment from the BP Spill
April 24th, 2012
Today a former BP employee has been indicted. We believe that there are more criminal indictments of oil companies possible, if only the Department of Justice would look...

New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo set for April 22, 2012
April 11th, 2012
Event to focus on a green future for Louisiana

Accident Report
March 12th, 2012
There were 3,533 mapped incidents of chemical releases in Louisiana in 2010, up from 77 percent the previous year. To see the full findings, click the link below.

Want to make your voice heard? Join our direct action campaign today!
March 12th, 2012

Another Calumet Refinery chemical release: Hydrogen sulfide detected in the neighborhood
December 20th, 2011
Just weeks after a harsh EPA inspection, the beleaguered Calumet Refinery in Shreveport continues to be unable to control its operations.

OUR PARTNERS: USW oil workers ratify National Oil Bargaining Policy
December 14th, 2011
United Steelworkers proposed policy changes that address health and safety issues because of the numerous accidents within the oil sector.

Groups ask EPA to take over Louisiana Clean Air program
December 14th, 2011
LABB and Environmental Integrity Project say action needed unless state steps up monitoring and enforcement. Read on to see the petition.

Louisiana’s troubled refineries averaged an accident a day in 2010
November 14th, 2011
Solutions: Hire more workers and increase federal enforcement

Surprise inspection of beleaguered Calumet refinery exposes serious problems
November 9th, 2011
Refinery manager admits non-compliance and flaws.

FROM OUR PARTNERS:
September 28th, 2011
United Steelworkers produced a new video called "Still Out of Control," about the petrochemical industry's disregard for facility safety and worker health.

FROM THE BLOG:
September 28th, 2011
Community Organizer Dawn Collins' latest post: "Obstacles in organizing - Some people don't want to know what's polluting their communities and their children."

LEARN ABOUT
September 28th, 2011
Our new Outreach Campaign! This is a new opportunity to raise public awareness of petrochemical pollution through neighborhood visits. Find out more about this exciting project in our Programs section.

Three refineries report accidents caused by Lee: Lack of storm preparedness an ongoing concern
September 8th, 2011

Refineries and fenceline neighbors vulnerable as tropical storm bears down on Gulf Coast
September 2nd, 2011

Louisiana Bucket Brigade honored for oil spill response work
August 31, 2011

Thousands of oil and gas wells and pits to be flooded: No clear plans from industry, state or federal government about preparation or cleanup
May 18th, 2011

Oil Industry Infrastructure in the Path of the Flood
May 18, 2011

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