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Citizens of New Sarpy cite federal Clean Air Act violations: Orion Refining could face federal court action

WHAT:  The troubled Orion Refinery will tomorrow receive a stunning blow from the Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy, a notice of intent to sue the accident-prone facility within 60 days if Orion does not resolve the community's concerns.

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Shell goes back on past promises: Buys disputed area of Norco; refuses to relocate residents

(Norco, La.) The African American residents of Norco blasted Shell today for buying property that surrounds their neighborhood at the same time that the corporation refuses to buy their residential property for a fair price.

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Shell buys disputed area of Norco; Citizens of Diamond neighborhood erupt in anger

What: Families in Norco's African American neighborhood - known as Diamond - will stage a stormy press conference and protest beside property recently purchased by Shell Oil. A sign stating the community's resistance will be posted.

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New Sarpy resident testifies before EPA committee: Travels to nation's capitol to urge relocation

(New Sarpy, July 3, 2001) An EPA committee established to review recent Bush energy initiatives heard testimony from New Sarpy resident Major Mackie on Friday, as Mr. Mackie traveled to Washington D.C. as part of a delegation of refinery neighbors.

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Orion CEO angers community; Fails to meet after explosion

(New Sarpy, June 14, 2001) The CEO of the troubled Orion Refinery failed to appear at a community meeting last night to discuss last week's fire with the community.

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New Sarpy community commemorates year anniversary of largest tank fire in U.S. history: Troubled Orion Refinery continues to plague neighbors

WHAT: Press conference to mark the anniversary of the largest tank fire in US history and highlight calls for relocation.

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Shell shuts door on relocation talks with Norco community: Company refuses to meet with expert, then changes mind

(Norco, La.) The Concerned Citizens of Norco, the community group that has been battling Shell to relocate them, is today blasting the company for its refusal this week to meet with the community.

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Norco residents up the ante in shell relocation battle

(Norco, La.) The Diamond citizens of Norco, La. increased the pressure on Shell today by bringing Michael Lythcott, a nationally recognized expert, into the battle for relocation.

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Mossville residents uncover chemical release at CITGO: Air samples show dangerous levels throughout parish

What: Mossville citizens, supported by residents throughout the parish and state, will tomorrow protest in front of the Lake Charles DEQ office to demand that the office investigate a Citgo refinery chemical release that appears to have lasted for days.


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