Cover

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pp. c-c

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xi-xii

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1. The Battlefront

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pp. 1-28

The campaign of Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy against Orion Refining ended with a show of hands in a crowded, windowless, cinder-block room on December 18, 2002.
The campaign had been one of those environmental David-and-Goliath stories about which movies are made. New Sarpy, Louisiana, a working-class...

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2. Dangerous Stories

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pp. 29-60

As I have been telling you war stories, perhaps you have been trying to decide which side to choose. Is it the people of New Sarpy who deserve your sympathies for all they suffered at the hands of the refinery? Or is the refinery a victim of sensationalist charges, trumped up with the help of environmentalist...

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3. Noisome Neighbors

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pp. 61-96

Perhaps you would like to see for yourself the sites of these battles over industry’s obligation to its neighbors, over the sustainability of petrochemicals, over the dominance of expert knowledge? Find I-310, a spur off the cross-country interstate I-10 about fifteen miles outside of New Orleans, and make your way south to the River Road (LA-48). Turn right off the exit...

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4. From Deliberation to Dialogue

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pp. 97-128

When Orion first announced its Community Improvement Program, members of Concerned Citizens of New Sarpy (CCNS) saw the company as trying not only to divide the community but to “dictate to” it as well, by setting out terms without first consulting residents. The community group tried to...

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5. Responsible Refiners

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pp. 129-168

As it happened, Orion and I moved out on the same day. On June 30, 2003, as I set out to drive back to California, the refinery that had been Orion became the Valero St. Charles Refinery, one of over a dozen facilities owned by North America’s largest refiner, Valero Energy Corporation. The change of ownership...

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6. Passive Revolution and Resistance

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pp. 169-188

In 2007, I was invited back to New Orleans to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) and participate in a weekend-long retreat to establish a strategic vision for the organization’s future. On a not-yet-steamy Saturday morning in July, LABB staff, board members, volunteers,...

Notes

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pp. 189-204

References

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pp. 205-218

Index

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pp. 219-222

About the Author

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pp. 223-223