Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor

Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor

by Steve Lerner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262122731

ISBN-13: 9780262122733

Pub. Date: 03/01/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

"For years, the residents of Diamond, Louisiana lived with an inescapable acrid, metallic smell - the "toxic bouquet" of pollution - and a mysterious chemical fog that seeped into their houses. They looked out on the massive Norco Industrial Complex, a maze of pipelines, stacks topped by flares burning off excess gas, and huge oil tankers moving up the Mississippi.…  See more details below

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"For years, the residents of Diamond, Louisiana lived with an inescapable acrid, metallic smell - the "toxic bouquet" of pollution - and a mysterious chemical fog that seeped into their houses. They looked out on the massive Norco Industrial Complex, a maze of pipelines, stacks topped by flares burning off excess gas, and huge oil tankers moving up the Mississippi. They experienced headaches, stinging eyes, allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems, skin disorders, and cancers that they were convinced were caused by their proximity to heavy industry. Periodic industrial explosions damaged their houses and killed some of their neighbors." Steve Lerner talked to the people of Diamond and let them tell their story in their own words. He talked also to the residents of a nearby white neighborhood - many of whom worked for Shell and had fewer complaints about the plants - and to environmental activists and Shell officials. His account of Diamond's 30-year ordeal puts a human face on the struggle for environmental justice in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262122733
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
1The diamond story9
2Early days13
3Dangerous neighbor29
4Air assault43
5Grievances mount55
6Local residents organize67
7A brief history of Shell85
8A company town95
9Winds of change119
10First moves127
11Supporters converge153
12A new tool delivers hard evidence179
13Helping hands197
14The international arena227
15Finding agreement245
16Lessons learned263
17Unfinished business275

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