In 1976, I represented Robert Head, intervenor before Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) on Louisiana power and Light (LPL) Application for construction permit for their Waterford Nuclear power plant, located in Taft, La., approximately 15 miles upriver from New Orleans.
Years later, I represented :
Save our Wetlands Inc. [SOWL]
Alliance for Affordable Energy, thru their director Gary Groesch
Oystershell Alliance, before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in LP&L’S
Application before NRC for an operation permit.
This Waterford Nuclear Power plant is located off River Road, adjacent to the Mississippi river in the area called “Cancer Alley”. It is in the midst-surrounded by explosive toxic explosive petro chemical plants.
The residents in the area have the highest rate of Cancer in the U.S., & consist of Afro-American minorities, thus the term “”ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM” Is used to label these global industrial polluters.
Many of the small Afro-American towns, surrounding these industrial Mega Polluters have been bought out, disappearing off the face of maps— out of sight out of mind.
For example Taft, Louisiana
Thru the years, Afro Americans have risen in protests, but are eventually squashed down.
In the 1990’s, well known community leader Pat Bryant, organized the Gulf Coast Tenants Ass., leading 2 toxic marches, from Louis Armstrong park in New Orleans, thru this Cancer Alley industrial corridor.
Pat Bryant and I thru litigation + public media= spearheaded by Hollywood Director John Schindler, were able to stop the Formosa chemical plant DAT was proposed in Edgar La., St. John Parish.
As a Cox cable television producer, & as recipient of a New Orleans Municipal Endowment Grant, I filmed & documented the 2nd great toxic March.
& the Battle Dat was fought between the vigorous Afro American community, Save our Wetlands [SOWL], against stinking, crooked La. politicians…all on tit of Big Business… who don’t give a dog gone about Afro-American minorities, nor a hoot about La. wetlands… To Stop this Formosa chemical plant…described as “ENVIRONMENTAL OUTLAWS” by state of Texas authorities.
The Battles to stop the Formosa chemical plant R part of my Cox Cable16/ thirty Minute TV programs titled:
SAVE OUR WETLANDS ECO NEWS.
I’m bout ready to wrap up a business deal worth 3.33 million. When DAT deal closes, I will be able to hire Hollywood director John Schindler To spearhead the entire LUKE FONTANA PRODUCTIONS ☆☆☆
We estimate 3 months.
Will keep you Posted.
nothing has changed…
Louisiana politicians subsidize these global polluting corporations in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Bobby Jindal, a right wing conservative Republican, sold the state of Louisiana to global polluting corporations.
The present Governor=John Bel Edwards=a left wing Democrat/ about as liberal as Donald Trump.
Both are devoted to Pipelines, Depleting the natural resources+Wetlands of America for fracking-tar sands Bitumen crude to be exported to China.
Gov. Bel-tone Deaf Edwards has supported unconstitutional legislation, making
a FELON to protest the Bayou Bridge Pipeline thru Atchafalaya Basin.
And as I write this, St. James Parish deputies are brutalizing, terrorizing, tasering, beating & arresting under felony charges.=water protectors in the Atchafalaya Basin.
And now there’s another PIPELINE Proposed in Saint James Parish.
The state of Louisiana is preparing To wipe St. James parish & her anti Bayou Pipeline residents off the map.
They are now proposing another pipeline adjacent to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.
The “ENVIRONMENTAL OUTLAW=FORMOSA CHEMICAL PLANT.
They have even cut off evacuation routes for St. James residents /in case of a explosive accident in this cancer alley industrial corridor.
Most recently the St. James Parish/ U.S. Post Office mysteriously closed its doors w/o notice.
But St.James ain’t goin down. w/o a battle.
They are joined not only by SOWL, but also Tulane Environmental Law, Bucket Brigade, Earth Justice led by brilliant Env. Atty. Jan Hasselman, Sierra clubGulf Restoration Network & many, many others.
Also, these residents are descendants of enslaved Africans & Native Americans, accustomed to the brutalities of white men.