Lafayette

Parish: Lafayette Parish

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  • Clara Baudoin Interview

    Clara Baudoin is a founding member of Save Our Homes and Land (SOHL), a grassroots organization formed to address the city of Lafayette’s proposal to expand the North Dugas municipal solid waste landfill by hundreds of additional acres. Clara and her co-hart Florence Gossen sued the city of Lafayette and were successful in the defeat of the expansion. Clara has held local and state offices for the League of Women Voters as a spokesperson on solid waste, oilfield waste, and injection wells. She helped revise the solid waste regulations for the state of Louisiana, and was appointed to the Louisiana Resource Recovery Development Board, which approved all landfills in the state. She credits her involvement in the environmental movement to her successful run for public office where she served three terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996-2008. Audio interview with Clara Baudoin for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.
  • Clara Baudoin Interview, part 2

    Part 2 of audio interview with Clara Baudoin for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.
  • Flo Gossen Interview, part 2

    Part 2 of audio interview with Flo Gossen for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.
  • Flo Gossen Interview

    Flo Gossen is a founding member of Save Our Homes and Land (SOHL). The environmental organization was created after Flo discovered the city of Lafayette wanted to expand the North Dugas municipal landfill by hundreds of additional acres. The original landfill was opened in 1980, and people in the area were already experiencing health issues. Flo and her co-hart Clara Baudoin sued the city of Lafayette and were successful in the defeat of the expansion. Flo is currently involved in a legal effort to appeal a ruling by the Department of Conservation allowing a permit for a commercial injection disposal well north of Rayne, Louisiana in Acadia Parish. Flo is concerned because not only will the Chicot Aquifer be affected, which is the sole source for drinking water for southwest Louisiana, but the permit will also allow for shale drilling waste to be brought in from other states. Audio interview with Flo Gossen for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.
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