Season 15, Episode 5 Fenceline: A Company Town Divided
First Aired: July 23, 2002
“Fenceline: A Company Town Divided” examines the racial divide over a chemical plant in the Mississippi River town of Norco, La. Norco is in the heart of an industrial area that some call “cancer alley.” But not many employees and retirees of Norco's Shell chemical plant, most of them white, would agree: They love Shell and say that they're healthy. The blacks who live next to the plant have a different view, and many say they're unhealthy. The program explores this faultline in parallel interviews with residents of both communities.
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- Premiered: July 5, 1988
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