Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Communities at Risk

About the Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Communities at Risk Series

More than 100 petrochemical facilities line a stretch of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which is known to industry as the “Petrochemical Corridor” and to locals as “Cancer Alley.” This series documents the fenceline communities abutting this industrial activity and their efforts to push back against the companies they say are already polluting their air and water and which are often trying to expand further into these neighborhoods. 

In This Series

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Despite widespread destruction, the surging pandemic, toxic air, and racial inequality, members of the Concerned Citizens of St. John plan to rebuild.

Despite widespread destruction, the surging pandemic, toxic air, and racial inequality, members of the Concerned Citizens of St. John plan to rebuild.
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Photos from around the plant show how vulnerable fossil fuel facilities are to extreme weather on the Gulf Coast and how that may compound the pollution for their neighbors in Cancer Alley.

Photos from around the plant show how vulnerable fossil fuel facilities are to extreme weather on the Gulf Coast and how that may compound the pollution for their neighbors in Cancer Alley.
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Residences near where Formosa plans to build a sprawling petrochemical complex were severely impacted by winds from Ida, fueled by the Gulf’s unusually warm waters.

Residences near where Formosa plans to build a sprawling petrochemical complex were severely impacted by winds from Ida, fueled by the Gulf’s unusually warm waters.
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A Louisiana Cancer Alley community group responded by petitioning the EPA to take emergency action to reduce carcinogenic emissions.

A Louisiana Cancer Alley community group responded by petitioning the EPA to take emergency action to reduce carcinogenic emissions.
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Human rights experts appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council issued a statement on March 2 raising concerns about the further industrialization of Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley.” This larg...
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Higher rates of COVID-19 infection and death have been found in people living in a stretch between New Orleans and Baton Rouge lined with over a hundred refineries and petrochemical plants.

Higher rates of COVID-19 infection and death have been found in people living in a stretch between New Orleans and Baton Rouge lined with over a hundred refineries and petrochemical plants.
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“It took courage for Senator Cassidy to vote against Trump,” Sharon Lavigne, the founder of the faith-based grassroots organization RISE St. James, said about the Louisiana Republican after the imp...