Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog

Julie Dermansky


New Orleans, LA, United States

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Recent articles by Julie:

Hurricane Zeta Leaves Thousands Without Power, Oily Mess On Heels of Laura and Delta in South Louisiana

“I will evacuate next time a hurricane is forecast to hit the area," Traditional Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi- Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe told me the day after Hurricane Zeta hit Louisiana’s coast on October 28. Like many in the storm’s path, she was caught off guard when the storm intensified just before slamming into the coast. → Read More

A Faltering Fracking Industry, on the Verge of a Bailout, Mixes Patriotism and Oil in the Permian

Signs equating patriotism with the oil and gas industry are abundant in the Permian Basin, one of the United States’ most prolific oil and natural gas plays. There, the messages on billboards, trucks, and the sides of rest stops suggest that supporting the industry that’s one of the largest contributors to the climate crisis is a matter of American pride. → Read More

The Hunt for Fugitive Emissions in the Permian’s Oilfields

Meaningful regulation of the fracking industry is a non sequitur to Sharon Wilson, organizer for Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project. She supports her employer’s efforts to encourage tougher industry regulations, but believes that humankind needs to keep oil and gas in the ground if → Read More

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction Mess Poses Major Risk to Atchafalaya Basin

“It is a crime against nature,” Jody Meche, president of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West, said while scanning the Bayou Bridge pipeline right-of-way on the west side of the Atchafalaya Basin, the country’s largest river swamp in a designated National Heritage Area. → Read More

Greta’s UN Climate Summit Speech Successfully Predicted More Business as Usual From World Leaders

On Monday, the United Nations Climate Action Summit opened with a glossy video projected around the room. It hawked a hopeful message that climate catastrophe can be averted. With the lights turned down and music turned up, for a few minutes the summit felt like an IMAX movie experience. → Read More

Fracked Gas Well Blowout in Louisiana Likely to Burn for the Next Month

A fracked natural gas well in northwest Louisiana has been burning for two weeks after suffering a blowout. A state official said the fire will likely burn for the next month before the flames can be brought under control by drilling a relief well. → Read More

Following Pushback, Chinese-owned Chemical Giant Pulls Plug on Massive Plastics Project in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley

Chinese giant Wanhua Chemical officially withdrew its plans to build a $1.25 billion plastics manufacturing complex in St. James, Louisiana, in the heart of the already industrialized Cancer Alley. The news bought relief to opponents of the plant. → Read More

Opponents Delay $1.25 Billion Plastics Factory in Louisiana

If built, the 250-acre complex would release some 300 tons of toxic air emissions per year. → Read More

Louisiana Braces for a Storm While Weighing New Fossil Fuel Projects

Yesterday, I stopped writing another story for DeSmog to get ready for what could likely become this year’s first hurricane in the U.S. → Read More

Breaking: Environmental Justice March Hits Road Block in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley

On May 30, around 100 people took part on the first day of a planned five-day march for environmental justice in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley. Amid sweltering heat, the march kicked off in St. John the Baptist Parish, but extreme obstacles have developed on their route to Baton Rouge, about 50 miles → Read More

As More Diverted Floodwaters Head Their Way, Dolphins Keep Dying in Louisiana

The historic opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway is happening during an ongoing and mysterious dolphin die-off. → Read More

As More Diverted Floodwaters Head Their Way, Dolphins Keep Dying in Louisiana

Warning: This story contains images and video of dead dolphins some may find graphic. → Read More

Critics Say State "Highjacked" Isle de Jean Charles Tribe's Resettlement Plan

Isle de Jean Charles continues to lose land at an alarming rate as Louisiana takes away important relocation funds. → Read More

New Orleans Student on Global Climate Strike: 'I Wouldn’t Be Anywhere Else'

With contributions from Ashley Braun and Mat Hope. → Read More

Louisiana and Isle de Jean Charles Tribe Try to Find Common Ground

Talks have restarted over a $48 million climate change resettlement project. → Read More

Tribe Turns Down Funds to Relocate as Louisiana Buys Land Anyway

Tribal members have been considered climate refugees since being awarded a grant to relocate. → Read More

Isle de Jean Charles Tribe Turns Down Funds to Relocate First US 'Climate Refugees’ as Louisiana Buys Land Anyway

The announcement that the State of Louisiana had purchased land for a resettlement project spearheaded by the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IDJC) reached the Tribe’s executive secretary, Chantel Comardelle, via an emailed press release. The news hit her like a slap in the → Read More

Louisiana Sheriff Ordered to Releases Records on Visit to Standing Rock

“We saw a dangerous blurring of the lines between law enforcement and private corporations at Standing Rock." → Read More

Climate Denial Still Reigns in Louisiana Despite Scientists' Dire Warnings

Louisiana is ground zero for the devastating impacts of climate change. → Read More

Fossil Fuels and Climate Denial Still Reign in Louisiana Despite Scientists’ Dire Warnings for the State

Louisiana is ground zero for the devastating impacts of climate change. Even though the state is already feeling the costly impacts to life and property due to extreme weather and an eroding coastline linked to a warming planet, its government continues to ignore the primary cause — human use of → Read More