ExxonMobil http://wrkf.org en Keeping Track of Refinery Emissions http://wrkf.org/post/keeping-track-refinery-emissions <p>In its "Poisoned Places" series, NPR reports that industry here in Louisiana is emitting more smog-producing chemicals than it should and regulators aren't doing enough to curtail the pollution.</p><p><a href="http://www.wrkf.org/post/baton-rouges-corroded-overpolluting-neighbor-exxon-mobil" target="_blank">Elizabeth Shogren honed in on Exxon's Baton Rouge refinery</a> and the smoke Almena Poray sees from the front porch of her house, a block from the refinery's south gate.</p><p>"That's something you see every day," Poray told the NPR reporter. "Sometimes it's a darker gray, sometimes it's a black smoke coming out."</p><p>Ed Overton, professor emeritus of environmental science at LSU, and Robert Berg, state regulatory advisor for Exxon talk more about what Poray is seeing and breathing from her front porch.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 22:08:25 +0000 Amy Jeffries 11262 at http://wrkf.org Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil http://wrkf.org/post/baton-rouges-corroded-overpolluting-neighbor-exxon-mobil If you stand in front of Almena and Sidney Poray's house in Baton Rouge, La., and look straight down the street, past the other houses and the shade trees, you see more than a dozen plumes of exhaust in various hues of gray and white.<p>"That's something you see every day, the same thing if not more," says Almena Poray. Thu, 30 May 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 11193 at http://wrkf.org Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil Could Obama's Gas Policies Bring Jobs to La.? http://wrkf.org/post/could-obamas-gas-policies-bring-jobs-la <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama touched on the oil and gas industry in his State of the Union. Some of these initiatives may benefit Louisiana’s economy.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, the President suggested loosening regulation. “My administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits,” Obama said. “That’s got to be a part of an all-of-the-above plan.”</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:24:33 +0000 Kelly Connelly 6168 at http://wrkf.org Could Obama's Gas Policies Bring Jobs to La.? Baton Rouge Patent Growth Lags Behind Cities Nationwide http://wrkf.org/post/baton-rouge-patent-growth-lags-behind-cities-nationwide <p>Patent production isn’t growing as quickly in Baton Rouge as in other metro areas, according to a new national study.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2013/metropatenting">Brookings Institution</a> ranks Baton Rouge 141st out of over 350 metro areas for patent production. The capitol city averaged 71 new patents yearly between 2007 and 2011. But it is on the bottom of the list for patent growth.</p><p>High patent production typically coincides with low unemployment. And patent growth can indicate coming industry expansion.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:41:23 +0000 Jarondakie Patrick 5771 at http://wrkf.org EPA Notes Safety, Maintenance Issues at Exxon Refinery http://wrkf.org/post/epa-notes-safety-maintenance-issues-exxon-refinery <p>EPA inspectors made a surprise visit in July to ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery.</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:07:34 +0000 Amy Jeffries 3818 at http://wrkf.org EPA Notes Safety, Maintenance Issues at Exxon Refinery