Louisiana credits for new plant provoke ire from environmentalists

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Oil and Gas on May 29, 2012.

Louisiana environmentalists are demanding answers after it was recently learned that Nalco Chemical Company will get state credits to make $19 million worth of upgrades to a facility about 35 miles upriver from New Orleans.

They're angry because, besides the questionable efficacy of continuing to subsidize petrochemical plants, Norelco is the company that made Corexit, an oil and gas dispersant that has allegedly sickened some area residents and workers cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf.

An existing plant at the site, in Garyville, will be expanded to reach one million square feet.

One observer of the oil and gas industry said that oil and gas companies do not need financial incentives to build in Louisiana. The existing infrastructure, ease of navigation and openness of the state (in comparison to others, who turn such facilities away) make it a desirable location.

Furthermore, about 105,000 Gulf residents and 90,000 residents may have suffered harmful exposure to Corexit during the spill cleanup. Since Nalco makes the chemical, there's some bad blood towards the company.

Once again, we need jobs here and people everywhere need the fuel and products that facilities like this provide. But there is something to be said for the argument that Louisiana is too lax in its environmental laws and too welcoming to oil and gas companies and that our natural environment is suffering because of this.

Have you been following the story of the Nalco plant in Garyville? Do you have any thoughts about it?

Source: The Huffington Post, "Corexit Maker Nalco Gets Louisiana Credits For Plant," Susan Buchanan, May 22, 2012

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