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The Environment (2005)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-05-18

Duration: 00:58:14

Subjects: Water pollution | Filmed panel discussions | Environment | Public health | PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY | Air pollution


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Zewe, Charles Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Ford, Kenneth Interviewee
  • Rolfes, Anne Interviewee
  • Scheller, Nora Interviewee
  • Fontenot, Willie Interviewee
  • Guidry, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Kirkland, Les Ann Interviewee
  • Rivette, Dane Interviewee
  • Hewitt, John Speaker
  • Pierre, Shone Speaker
  • Cropper, Matt Speaker
  • Kettlewell, Romy Speaker
  • Cole, Jerry Speaker
  • Squint, Kirstin Speaker
  • Kelly, Joe Speaker
  • Smith, Sonja Speaker
  • Burns, Julius Speaker
  • Bagala, Steve Speaker
  • Kleinpeter, Eva Speaker
  • Davey, Miriam Speaker
  • Bergeron, Kirk Speaker
  • Gautreaux, Karen Panelist
  • Borne, Dan Panelist
  • Orr, Marylee Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from May 18, 2005, features Charles Zewe leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the impact of the petrochemical industry on Louisiana’s environment. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Kenneth Ford, an environmental activist in Chalmette; Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade; Nora Scheller of Chalmette Refining; Willie Fontenot, a former liaison officer with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office; Dr. Jimmy Guidry, the State Health Officer; Les Ann Kirkland, an environmental activist in Iberville Parish; and Dane Rivette of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The audience members then discuss their concerns about air and water pollution and the possible long-term health implications for the people of Louisiana. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Karen Gautreaux, the deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality; Dan Borne, the president of the Louisiana Chemical Association; and Marylee Orr, the executive director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. They discuss: environmental monitoring; the concerns about toxic emissions from chemical plants; class action lawsuits against chemical companies; building coalitions between industry, government, and the public; the efforts to minimize emissions; water pollution; and their strategies for improving Louisiana’s environment. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Charles Zewe