Environmental Groups opposing Formosa locating and building a $9.4 Billion plastic making facility in St. James Parish recently launched a national advertising campaign calls on the St. James Parish Council to rescind Formosa’s land use application and put a stop to the project. According to a press release issued, the Ad campaign titled Protect Our Parish, highlights the tragic impact the toxic chemical plants have had on local families, and urges the Parish Council to stop the Formosa Plastics plant. The television Ads feature St. James Parish resident Sharon Lavigne, who says she has lost more than 30 friends and family members over the last five years, and feels the toxic plants are to blame. Lavigne is the founder of RISE St. James, a faith-based coalition of St. James Parish residents that formed to protect the community from cancer-causing chemical plants, and advocate for investment in healthier, longer-term industries. The release says the goal of the Protect Our Parish campaign is to expose just how dangerous the Formosa Plastics plant would be, and to urge the Parish Council to stop it. The ads are set to air during prime-time and daytime television on top-rated television stations including CNN, FOX, and CNBC. The Protect Our Parish campaign will also be featured in print ads, on billboards, and on radio and digital platforms including Facebook, YouTube, iHeartRadio, and on WWL during upcoming Saints games. The ads will also be coupled with extensive and ongoing direct voter contact.
Article originally published in the St. James News Examiner-Enterprise