Category Archives: Worker Health

Listening Session Comment on EO 13650: Molly Brackin, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

By Molly Brackin, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Listening Session Public Comment Executive Order #13650:  Improving Chemical Safety and Security My name is Molly Brackin, and I am an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. I have been with the … Continue reading

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Marcia Oursler, Petrochemical Accident Researcher: Comment on EO 13650

By Marcia Oursler, Petrochemical Accident Researcher Listening Session Public Comment Executive Order #13650:  Improving Chemical Safety and Security My name is Marcia Oursler and I have been with Louisiana Bucket Brigade since August 2013. While many community members are aware … Continue reading

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Public Comment on EO 13650: Improving Chemical Safety & Security

 By Anna Hrybyk, Program Manager Listening Session Public Comment Executive Order #13650:  Improving Chemical Safety and Security Thank you for the opportunity to comment.  My name is Anna Hrybyk and I have been the Program Manager at the Louisiana Bucket … Continue reading

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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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Lessons from Hurricane Isaac: Gulf Coast Coal & Petrochemical Facilities Still Not Storm Ready

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Geismar Accident Response Team Reflection

By an Accident Response Team Member We deployed to Geismar last Friday in response the Williams Olefins explosion that occurred the previous morning. Our goal in deploying was to make information of the accident known to those who live in … Continue reading

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Delta Airlines Oil Refining Company: Vertical Expansion of Industries Now Include Oil Refining

By Jay Colingham MPH, LABB Research Associate   Refining oil looks like a frugal way for some companies to save money due to the uncertainty surrounding future fuel prices and a pessimistic outlook for costs to the transportation and freight … Continue reading

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Retraining Our Understanding and Beliefs of Risk with the Oil Industry

By Jay Colingham MPH, LABB Research Associate A review of “From SEMP to SEMS: Industry’s response to the Deepwater Horizon / Macondo disaster” (Callahan, 2012) For many, the fear of a danger can be relatively irrational.  A person can be afraid … Continue reading

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Environmental health in South Louisiana and a national impetus toward change

This post comes from Mary Margaret Thomas, an RN and health care specialist for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, currently researching access to health care for toxic exposure. The BP Oil Spill didn’t make the process of connecting chemical contamination to … Continue reading

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Workers offer an inside look at petrochemical industry’s lack of preparedness for hurricane season

According to refinery reports, storms make up the single largest cause of emissions via refinery accidents in Louisiana. These accidents could be prevented and health and safety could be protected if refineries listened to their employees and neighbors and adopted … Continue reading

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