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Chemical Plant Explosion in Geismar (2013)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Geismar, Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-06-14

Duration: 00:03:47

Subjects: Williams Olefins plant explosion, 2013 | PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY | SAFETY


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Armstrong, Alan Speaker
  • Bayer, Larry Speaker
  • Davis, Lashawn Interviewee
  • Delatte, Scott Interviewee
  • Reddit, Latissa Interviewee
  • Edmonson, Mike Speaker
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Noland, Sheryl Speaker


This segment from the June 14, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford reporting on the June 13th explosion at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, which killed two people and injured seventy. Their report includes: highlights of a press conference with Alan Armstrong, the CEO of Williams Companies, Inc., and plant manager Larry Bayer; interviews with Lashawn Davis, the mother of one of the injured workers, Scott Delatte, business owner, and St. Gabriel resident Latissa Reddit; and highlights from a press conference with Colonel Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police, Governor Bobby Jindal, and Sheryl Noland of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.