Category Archives: Public Health

When It Rains It Oils in St. Bernard Parish

By Andy Zellinger, Research Analyst Updates on Valero Meraux’s October oil spray At 2 PM on Friday, October 25th Valero Refinery in Meraux, LA reported a large discharge of crude oil from a rupture in a crude unit to the … Continue reading

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iWitness Map Monthly Report – December 2013

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Why Supporting Emergency Response is Important

By Anna Hrybyk, Program Manager Why should you donate?  Because arming people with tools to document pollution builds our strength to hold polluters accountable. Louisiana refineries average 6 accidents per week. Day in and day out we see industry claim that … Continue reading

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November iWitness Map Monthly Report

By Molly Brackin, Monitoring & Evaluation Associate The number of citizen reports to the iWitness Pollution Map is down from 121 in October to 74 in November. Hopefully this dip in reporting is due to safer refining practices, as the … Continue reading

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October 2013 iWitness Map Report

By Molly Brackin, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist The month of October saw a spike in reporting from citizens in both Baton Rouge and the Chalmette/Meraux area. The 46 reports that came in from the Chalmette/Meraux area are of particular interest, … Continue reading

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Valero Meraux Accident Response Survey Results

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Heartbreaking iWitness Report

By Molly Brackin, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist On Friday, October 25th the following report came into the iWitness Pollution map: April 3, 2013 Exxon Mobil’s Chalmette Refinery The article in the newspaper read that the leak happened at 7:00 am … Continue reading

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