Clarice Friloux

Guardians of the Land and Water
Grand Bois, LA

“Honestly, I believe if we have a hurricane that stirs our waters, we will see that oil come back up. We could be blasted with oil in-shore. There is no way that this oil is all gone.”

Clarice Friloux is a resident of Grand Bois, a small community bordering Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes in Louisiana. She is the president of the local citizens group which formed a few years ago to fight the massive oil field waste disposal facility next to her community. When Exxon dumped more than 80 semi-trailer truck loads of waste from Alabama at the dump site she and her neighbors became sick. Her fight was the focus of a CBS hour long special hosted by Ed Bradley.

Photo: Claire Bangser