Activists: Likely slave cemetery should scrap $9.4B project
December 12, 2019
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana should reject a planned $9.4 billion plastics complex because at least one slave cemetery is on the grounds and others may be on recently purchased property that remains unstudied, activists say.
"I am concerned about the legacy of our ancestors," said Sharon Lavigne, founder and president of RISE St. James, a faith-based grass-roots group created to fight petrochemical pollution in St. James Parish, along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The local member of Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group knew about the burial site 17 months ag...