Baton Rouge

The sprawling industrial complex anchored by ExxonMobil’s refinery, first opened in 1909(Standard Oil then), once spurred Baton Rouge’s northern growth. The community immediately to the south of the facility, Standard Heights, originally housed many refinery workers. A history of expansions, accidents and concerned neighbors led ExxonMobil to buy-out most of the houses in Standard Heights. Several blocks of once residential neighborhoods have been converted into green space between residents and the industrial facilities. Remaining community residents express concerns over persistent odors and the potential for accidents and emergency events from the many facilities including Honeywell, ExxonMobil, Lion Copolymer, Formosa Plastics and others.