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'Cancer Alley' Residents Say Industry is Hurting Town: 'We're Collateral Damage'


In Louisiana’s industrial heart, the shadow of Trump’s deregulation push looms as St James residents fight chemical plants, pipelines and laissez-faire policies - by Lauren Zanolli in St James, Louisiana. Main image by Julie Dermansky - June 6, 2017

We’re sick of being sick, we’re tired of being tired,” said Pastor Harry Joseph of Mount Triumph Baptist Church, which serves this sleepy riverside town of about 1,000 residents, mostly poor and African American. Once a bucolic village of pasturelands and sugarcane fields on the banks of the Mississippi, St James, Louisiana, is now a densely packed industrial zone in the heart of Louisiana’s petrochemical corridor, commonly referred to as “Cancer Alley” . . . 

 . . . Fifteen large industrial sites – mainly oil storage facilities, pipelines and petrochemical plants – now fill the 13-mile stretch of road that defines the town of St James, also known as the fifth ward of St James parish.

Yet residents here say they’ve seen little economic benefit – either in jobs or tax revenues – from the industry that has taken over the town. Instead, they say, they’ve been saddled with a myriad of health issues, medical bills and environmental degradation.



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Comments - by Mark Schleifstein - June 23, 2017

The proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline is the target of a new lawsuit filed by several environmental groups and residents of the St. James community in St. James Parish. They want to overturn the permit, granted by Louisiana Department of Natural Resources for the controversial 162 1/2-mile project planned between Lake Charles and St. James.

The pipeline is a joint project by subsidiaries of Phillips 66 Partners, Energy Transfer Partners LP and Sunoco Logistic Partners LP. It would move crude oil from major hub at Nederland, Texas through the environmentally sensitive Atchafalaya Basin to NuStar Entergy LP's terminal in St. James.




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