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Refining Expertise: How Responsible Engineers Subvert Environmental Justice Challenges

Gwen Ottinger


Residents of a small Louisiana town were sure that the oil refinery next door was making them sick. As part of a campaign demanding relocation away from the refinery, they collected scientific data to prove it. Their campaign ended with a settlement agreement that addressed many of their grievances—but not concerns about their health. Instead of continuing to collect data, residents began to let refinery scientists' assertions stand without challenge. What makes a community move so suddenly from actively challenging to apparently accepting experts' authority? This book argues that the answer l ... More

Keywords: oil refinery, settlement agreement, experts, refinery scientists, refinery engineers, activists, community health, activism, environmental justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814762370
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gwen Ottinger, author