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DICTATORSHIPS ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN LOUISIANA...a third world country!
Remember Shintech --the huge dioxin (PVC plastic) plant proposed in the
southeastern Louisiana parish of St. John-the-Baptist. St. John is also
part of a tri-parish solid waste commission which also includes St.
James, and St. Charles.
Parish Council members in St. Charles are looking at another dangerous,
dioxin and radioactive proposal which will feed-the-greed at the expense
of life, liberty and the persuit of happiness of the area neighbors,
those down wind and down stream. NORM contains radioactive material in
higher proportion than is produced from nuclear power plants. But
because it a byproduct of the oil and gas industry, it had been
loopholed out of most federal laws. NORM also includes salt water and
hydrocarbons, such as benzene, in massive proportions. Environmental
laws were put in place because the brine collected in oilfield pipes and
ultimately ended up in nearby homes and workplaces or was dumped into
estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico. However, if burned, the pollution
would be massive--everywhere!
The incinerator peddlers keep adding wastes to their statement before
the council, repeating their offers. Apparently, at the same time, they
want to keep the general public and the press out of the meetings until
the contracts are signed. St. Charles citizens are refused not only the
right to speak, but now the right to attend their parish council
meeting. Of course, this is against the law. But, these people are
poor and do not have the money for attorneys, so their elected officials
have dictated when they can and cannot do.
Yes, dictatorships are alive and well in Loujisiana. Read what the
Baton Rouge Advocate published on July 27, 1997:
Louisiana [dictator] governor **Mike Foster is interfering with academic
freedom by threatening retaliation against Tulane University because its
law clinic is supporting environmental interests in a battle with
industry...Foster threatened to go after Tulane's tax breaks and ask
supporters to reconsider their financial contributions because of the
**The Tulane Environmental Law Clinic has been active in representing
some St. James area residents concerned about the location of a Shintech
chemical plant there.
"Our first thrust will be to try to educate the governor how these
clinics operate. I don't think he understands the whole academic freedom
issue as it operates inside a university," said William Arceneaux, who
represents eight private colleges, including Tulane and Loyola
universities, which operate law clinics.
There, **senior law students get a chance to work on real cases under a
lawyer's oversight. Arceneaux said the environmental law clinic sees
its mission as defender of the environment and of these poor people ..."
who live near potentially hazardous sites.**
For more information, see: _Governor's threats on aid criticized_