Michael Esealuka

Marathon Refinery Explosion Puts Workers, Community At Risk

An explosion yesterday at the Marathon oil refinery in Southeast Louisiana was a bitter reminder of the day-to-day risks faced by workers in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, as well as the fenceline communities who live with the direct consequences of these plants. While the blaze was eventually tamed, at least one contractor was brought to a local hospital to treat their injuries.

After beating an oil terminal, Ironton asserts its right to recover

Ironton, an African-American town in Plaquemines Parish, organized over the course of a year and throughout the pandemic. They opposed the construction of an oil terminal, planned by Tallgrass Energy, at the fenceline of their community. Tallgrass intended to build its terminal at the site of the former St. Rosalie plantation, right upriver from the historic Black community. 

EPA hearing on cancer-causing Ethylene Oxide with Spanish & Vietnamese available

In 2016, the EPA formally acknowledged what communities long suspected: that ethylene oxide is a cancer causing chemical. Right now the EPA is developing agency rules around ethylene oxide and other miscellaneous organic chemicals. Healthy Gulf has requested the public be provided a virtual hearing with Spanish & Vietnamese translation available throughout the event. 

Meet Inclusive Louisiana: Honoring the history of St James Parish, fighting for its future

Recently I attended a beautiful All Saints Day ceremony on the East Bank of St James Parish, hosted by the local grassroots organization Inclusive Louisiana. We were gathered to honor the life and contributions of Zilia “Mama Dutt” Johnson, a midwife who served the community of Romeville for decades and helped countless mothers deliver children …

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Giants Can Fall: Victory in St. James Parish against Formosa Plastics

St James is a rural parish (county) in Southeast Louisiana that sits on both banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The parish is located in the 85-mile stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans known as “Cancer Alley” because it’s home to more than a hundred industrial facilities and some of the most toxic air …

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Reverend Joseph with Rise St. James

The Louisiana Senate buddies up with Taiwan in Bid for Plastics Mega Complex with SCR20

On April 20th the Louisiana Senate President signed SCR20, a resolution in support of the state’s commerce relationship with Taiwan. The resolution explicitly named the Taiwanese corporation Formosa and its planned facility in St James parish, lauding the development as an investment in the state that would represent “quality jobs” for the region. Formosa’s St …

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St. John the Baptist residents protest proposed grain elevator in Wallace

On Tuesday, April 27th, about 35 residents of St John the Baptist and several allies from outside the parish held a protest at the St John parish council chambers. They are concerned about a 36 silo grain elevator proposed for development in Wallace, a rural, working class, mostly Black community on the border of St …

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Update on Formosa Plastics

In 2021 our Stop Formosa coalition is turning close attention to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers , putting the heat on them to deny or revoke permits for the Formosa Plastics petrochemical complex intended for construction in St James Parish, Louisiana. If built, Formosa Plastics’ plant would pollute a predominantly Black community, disturb the …

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