The communities in St. James Parish will soon have a new neighbor. The Formosa Plastic Plant will be built on 1,600 acres and produce considerable air pollutants. The project involves land use and environmental justice issues, while also having the potential to bring jobs to the region.
- Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, began her career in Nigeria, collaborating with local communities to address oil companies’ destruction of the Niger Delta. She returned to Louisiana in 2000 and founded the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to end pollution in her home state. The organization has created cutting edge tools, including the iWitness Pollution Map, the Refinery Accident Database and in-street based artistic performances. Anne was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where many people made their fortunes from the oil industry. She has seen the wealth and the poverty created by oil production and seeks to make the industry more equitable. She has a Masters in International Development from Tulane; she has twice testified before Congress. Her work has been recognized by local and national awards, including the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy and the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award.
- Clyde Cooper, St. James Parish
Councilman Clyde Cooper is currently serving his first term as the District 5 Representative. As a resident of St. James, Councilman Cooper is a graduate of St. James High School and Baton Rouge Vo Tech.
- Sharon Lavigne, Rise St. James
- Andrew Jacoby, Scott, Vicnair, Hair & Checki LLC
Andrew Jacoby is a partner at the law firm Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki LLC. He has spent the past ten years as a litigator working primarily on environmental and property damage cases, including representing landowner-lessors in oilfield contamination cases. In addition to environmental damage, he has worked on cases involving LPG import/export facility siting, public records requests, historic preservation, and zoning. Mr. Jacoby volunteers with public health advocates to press for legislative and regulatory action on abandoned oilfield sites, air pollution from refineries, and other matters. He previously worked for the State of Texas on water law issues. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and the University of Texas at Austin, and is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas