BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Organizations will be taking a stand against Louisiana oil refineries for the right to have clean air and water.
Retired Gen. Russell Honore's Green Army, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and citizens who feel like they are victims of pollution held a meeting to voice their issues and concerns over oil refineries and pollution. Betty Bickham from St. Rose in St. Charles Parish was one of the many who spoke.
“If I get up in the morning and cut the faucet on I get a foul odor,” said Bickham “I mentioned it at work and a co-worker said the same thing.”
According to a study done by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, last year, there were 331 oil pollution accidents in Louisiana. 32 of those were from Exxon Mobile. It goes on to say 6,000 people live within a mile of the facility like Tonga Nolan. Nolan said back in 2012 she had to rush her daughter to the hospital.
“She woke up out of her sleep just really sick,” explained Nolan. “She started vomiting uncontrollably and I didn't know what to do.”
Nolan said when she returned home, she found out it was a pollutant that caused the scare was benzene. The chemical has several long term health effects including cancer. That is why Honore' is reaching out to people living in the areas that have been affected.
“We want to try and get them prepared to go before the next legislature session and say we have to have a solution to some of this pollution,” said Honore'. “It's going to change where we live, how we live, and our culture.”
Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden proclaimed November as Oil Pollution Month in Baton Rouge.