Environmental Protection in Louisiana: An Historical Paradox

Colten, Craig
September 2005
Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South;Fall/Winter2005, Vol. 12 Issue 3/4, p75
Academic Journal
The article discusses the role of the Citizen's Access Unit of the Louisiana Department of Justice in environmental protection. The author states that protection for rice farmers from damages caused by oil field releases of brine to streams used as irrigation water was offered by Louisiana's first water pollution law in 1910. The state Attorney General created a Citizens Access Unit that helped organize public efforts and expose questionable activity and it also assisted African American Communities to gain political visibility.


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