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"Fenceline" - free movie at E. Liberty Presb. Church

Event-Date: 
Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 11:00am

"Fenceline: A Company Town Divided" documents African-American residents in Norco, Louisiana, who believe that increasing pollution is negatively impacting their health, demand to be relocated from under the shadow of a Shell oil refinery.


Each year in July, the Mission Board and mission committees of East Liberty Presbyterian Church sponsor a film series. This year’s documentaries and movies are a continuation of our on-going systemic racism series. Join us in the Social Hall following worship to view the movies, discuss the themes, and enjoy lunch together. Thaddeus Popovich, co-founder of Allegheny County Clean Air Now will lead our discussion of "Fenceline" following the screening.

Hosted by the ELPC Justice Committee


“Fenceline” follows the story of Margie Richard, who claims that her African American community is suffering adverse health effects, due to the chemical emissions of a neighboring plant owned by the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company. The town of Norco, Louisiana which derives its name from the New Orleans Refining Company, is divided between those who consider Shell a fair neighbor that carefully monitors it’s chemical emissions and the all-black Diamond Community. As a result of Shell’s industrial expansion, the size of the Diamond Community has been reduced to four streets that extend from the plant’s fence line. Chemicals that have been identified in the air in the Norco community include Benzene, which is known to cause cancer in humans; Epychlor Hydron, which is a suspected human cancer causing agent and has been linked to testicular dysfunction; and Toluene, Ethyl Benzene and Sulfur Compounds, which are all linked to birth defects. Out of concern that these chemicals are adversely affecting their health, the Diamond Community has been asking Shell to relocate them.
Event-Place: 
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
116 South Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
United States