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Flaring at two Shell facilities concerns residents; officials claim process upsets are the cause

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Motiva Enterprise’s Convent refinery (partially owned by Shell) and Shell Chemical in St. Rose both experienced excessive flaring last night – one of which continues today. A citizen report filed on the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s Crisis Map shows the flare from the St.


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Truck spill at troubled Calumet Lubricants demonstrates continued dangers facing refinery neighbors

SHREVEPORT, La. – An accident involving a refinery truck carrying heavy asphalt temporarily closed part of Hudson Avenue outside Calumet Lubricants Thursday afternoon.


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Refinery accident reports expose poor maintenance, inadequate storm preparation and excessive flaring

Reducing accidents an opportunity for job creation, economic growth


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Murphy Oil leak another example of poor emergency response

Refinery says ‘no off-site impact’ but won’t reveal how much pollution was released

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Residents in Meraux near Murphy Oil ended their Thanksgiving weekend with news of a sulfur dioxide leak at the refinery.


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Louisiana groups urge Gov. Jindal to collect required emission fees from polluters

Federally required levies would increase funding for LDEQ by $10 million, protect health and environment under Clean Air Act


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Six months later: Gulf communities call for congressional action on BP disaster

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is joining several organizations today for a rally marking the six-month anniversary of the worst oil spill and environmental disaster in U.S. history.


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Notes from LABB: Chalmette Refining accident brings up questions about worker safety and deferred maintenance

CHALMETTE, La. – A week after Gregory Starkey died at Chalmette Refining while trying to fix a hydrogen sulfide leak, many questions linger. As the Louisiana Bucket Brigade continues to monitor the investigation, here is information we think the media should keep in mind for future coverage:


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Worker fatality at troubled Chalmette Refining: Details of serious hydrogen sulfide release unclear

Chalmette, La.-- The troubled Chalmette Refinery, which averaged 83 accidents per year from 2005 – 2009, is in the throes of yet another emergency. This time the problem is a leak of compressed flammable gas that,  according to a refinery spokesman, contains hydrogen sulfide.


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Chalmette Refining releases 19 tons of catalyst, not one ton as previously claimed

CHALMETTE, La. – The follow-up report Chalmette Refining submitted a week after a Labor Day power outage and chemical accident shows the amount of catalyst and sulfur dioxide released into the community far exceeded public statements.


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Environmental justice fellow and LSU-S student helps refinery communities take action

NEW ORLEANS, La. – For communities close to Louisiana’s oil refineries, an emergency preparedness plan is necessary.


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