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Pelicans v. Pistons
Mahalia Jackson, 7p.m.
The comedy pops off with the King of Queens
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 6-8:30p.m.
9 bartenders compete for the high ball
Jyl Benson and Sam Hanna
The Soul Rebels
Le Bon Temps Rouler, 10p.m.
Enjoy these brass rebels and a game of pool!
This Michigan quintet knows how to rock bluegrass
NOLA Brewing Co, 5:30p.m.
Release of the 6th Anniversary Ale (a sour ale this year) ft. music with Tauk, Gravity A, New Orleans Suspects
House of Blues, 9p.m.
Gypsy Punk band from the Lower East Side
Tulane Auditorium, 6p.m.
Academic all-star chats about Interior Circuit
Celtics v. Pelicans
Republic, Doors 10p.m., free before 12 w/ college ID
Multiple N64s set up for the annual Mario Kart Challenge - compete to win a section and bottle of booze; music by DJ G
Monthly art crawl, 6-9p.m.
Foundation Gallery, 6-10p.m.
Opening reception for Demond Matsuo’s new show
Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.
Day 1 of music, food and fun at the zoo!
Opening of acclaimed retrospective
Grizzlies v. Pelicans
Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.
Popular comedian on his Born Again...Again tour
Old US Mint, 8p.m.
Local spoken wordsmiths exude creativity through song
Saenger Theater, 7p.m.
Grammy Award Winners on tour w/ electronic pop duo the Capital Kings
Bo Burnham (Sold Out)
Civic Theater, 8p.m.
Wunderkind comedian wombed on the web
Glen David Andrews
Botanical Gardens, 4p.m.
Party in the Garden with Andrews and Swamp Donkeys
Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.-5:30p.m.
Day 2 of music, food and fun at the zoo!
St. Rose Stench Traced to Crude
by Christopher Staudinger
State investigators believe they’ve found the source of a “foul odor” that has stumped officials and sickened residents for nearly two weeks in St. Rose. Lee Lemond, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's lead investigator for the incident, said that a certain kind of crude oil used in an asphalt production process is to blame.
The Shell Bitumen (asphalt) facility takes crude oil, which is stored in tanks owned by International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT), and processes it into asphalt. The asphalt is in turn stored in the IMTT tanks, according to Lemond. This specific kind of crude, which investigators think is to blame, likely caused a higher than average release of sulfurous compounds, which are highly odorous.
Neighbors have complained of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and other health effects in the wake of the odor.
Keith Adams first noticed the odor on the evening of June 6.
“I thought I had been poisoned,” he said, “I threw up.” He said the odor was “very putrid” and “sometimes it would come and it would last for hours and hours.”
Adams lives in the Preston Hollow neighborhood, which sits just upriver from the Shell and IMTT facilities. He pointed out a survey conducted by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, which said that 84% of 116 people canvassed reported health problems. “And I’m not counted because nobody asked me,” he said.
Lemond said that facility managers have shut down the portion of the facility that likely produced the gasses. It will undergo DEQ-supervised observation and maintenance. The asphalt that was produced in the faulty operation has been loaded onto a barge for disposal.
Going forward, he said, plant operators have removed this crude from allowable” types of crude that can be used in the operation. And, he said, “Shell and IMTT have proposed to truly look at installing a high caustic scrubber” that will reduce sulfur emissions. The companies are also expected to set up a hotline.
Meanwhile, the Anne Rolfes, director of the Bucket Brigade, said in a press release this week, “The health impacts of this ongoing accident are being brushed under the rug.” The group held a press conference Thursday with St. Rose residents to appeal for Governor Jindal’s assistance.
Lemond said that the investigation is still open and ongoing.
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