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Louisiana groups seeking a thorough, third-party examination of how the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline will impact the environment are pointing to last weekend's two major oil accidents as proof of why the state should begin considering an alternative energy future.
Opponents of a proposed 163-mile pipeline extending from Lake Charles to St. James will convene outside the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today to request that Gov. John Bel Edwards formally ask for an environmental impact statement on the project.
On June 13th in response to calls about a chemical odor, the Bucket Brigade deployed its Emergency Response Team to talk to the St. Rose community and take health surveys. Over 80% of residents interviewed by the Bucket Brigade reported health effects from vomiting to diarrhea.
The neighboring industrial facilities - Shell and IMTT - as well as the spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Quality stated that "we have found no levels [of air pollution] that are harmful to human health."
Despite these statements, community reports indicate that odors are a chronic problem in St. Rose and a process is not in place to adequately protect the health and safety of the fencline communities.
Wanda Weber "Stands Up"
Wanda Weber has been living in St. Rose her entire life. She's currently on oxygen, and when the odors intensified, she struggled to breathe. Her children had to rescue her from her home.
Watch this video to hear her story, her struggle, but most importantly, her reason for "standing up."