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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Louisiana


Because Louisiana is located at the junction of two major Gulf Coast waterways, maritime industries are located throughout the Pelican State. Oil drilling and refining are also prominent industries, and Louisiana is home to eight major power generation plants. Asbestos exposure is commonplace across all of these industries.

Shipbuilding and Asbestos Exposure in Louisiana

Few things are feared by sailors as much as a fire at sea. For this reason, ship construction contained tremendous amounts of asbestos from the wheelhouse to the bilge, but especially in the engine and boiler rooms. The main shipbuilding companies in Louisiana are:

  • Avondale
  • Bollinger
  • Higgins
  • Todd (prior to 1990)

Asbestos Exposure on Oil Rigs

Even crude oil is volatile. Because of this, asbestos is found throughout oil drilling and refining facilities. Some exposure was due to protective clothing and equipment, such as fireproof jackets and gloves; when ripped or worn, asbestos fibers were released into the immediate environment.

Significant oil processing operations are run by:

  • BP Amoco
  • Citgo
  • Shell Oil
  • Texaco

Asbestos at Cement Plants in Louisiana

In 1987, a research study of various cement plants in Louisiana showed elevated rates of cancer among workers employed at cement companies that used amphibole asbestos compared to those at which “white” chrysotile asbestos was the primary ingredient. Most manufacturers of asbestos cement switched to the latter after 1960.

Mesothelioma Statistics in Louisiana

Louisiana's asbestos fatalities due to asbestosis are slightly more numerous than those from mesothelioma, which is not the case in most other states. The most likely explanation is that “white” asbestos (the primary cause of asbestosis) has been more widely used that the “blue” and “brown” varieties. However, given that asbestosis is more treatable and has a much better prognosis than mesothelioma, it is still unclear as to why more Louisianans die from the former.

Louisiana Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Louisiana where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Louisiana, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Louisiana Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk to develop mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, or asbestosis.


  • Abbelle Rice Mill Ltd
  • Acadia Vermillion Rice Irrigation Company, Inc.
  • Hunter Canal Company
  • J Henry Putnam Rose Hill Plantation
  • Louisiana State Rice Milling


  • Avondale Shipyards, Inc. - Algiers
  • Johnson Iron Works and Shipbuilding Company
  • Naval Air Station
  • Sewerage and Water Board of N.O.
  • Todd Shipyard
  • U.S. Naval Station


  • Amstar Corporation
  • Arabi Packing Company
  • Chalmette Refinery
  • Domino Sugar


  • American Cyanamid Company
  • Avondale Marine Ways, Inc.
  • Avondale Shipyards, Inc. - Avondale
  • Chemical Construction Company


  • Baker High School
  • Bakerfield Elementary
  • Scokill Metal
  • White Hills Elementary


  • Central Louisiana Electric Company
  • Central Louisiana Energy Corporation
  • Cleco Power Llc
  • Phoenix Planting and Manufacturing Company
  • Teche Steam Plant


  • Consolidated Chemical Industries Inc
  • International Paper Company
  • Louisiana Mill
  • Southern Kraft Corporation

Bayou Teche

  • Avoca Drainage District
  • Bellevue Plantation
  • Calumet Plantation
  • J.N. Pharr and Sons
  • Keystone Plantation
  • Loisel Plantation
  • Shady Side Plantation
  • Victoria Plantation B.J. Movy

Belle Chasse

  • BP Amoco Louisiana
  • British Petroleum
  • Brown & Root
  • Chevron Chemical Company
  • Conoco Refinery Louisiana
  • Gulf Oil Corporation
  • Red Star Yeast and Products Company
  • Universal Foods Corp Red Star Yeast Operations


  • Glenwild Plantation
  • J. N. Pharr
  • Oyster Shell Products
  • Sewart Seacraft Incorporated
  • Texaco Inc.
  • Texas Company


  • Bogalusa Paper Mill
  • Bogalusa Stave Company
  • Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • Gaylord Container Corporation
  • James River Paper
  • Marshall Ballard, Jr.
  • Southern Wood Distillate and Fibre Company

Calcasieu Parish

  • Calcasieu Refining

Church Point

  • Canal Refining


  • Bechtel Corp
  • Convent Chemical Corporation
  • Freeport Chemical Company
  • Texaco Refinery


  • Covington Ice and Cold Stge. Company
  • La. Public Utilities Company
  • Mackee Pine Products
  • Southern Hotel
  • St. Tammany Ice and Manufacturing Company


  • Arcadia Vermilion Rice Irrigation
  • Crowley Rice Milling Company
  • F.W. Atwood
  • Gulf Public Service Company
  • Louisiana Irrigation & Mill Company
  • Mamou Canal Company
  • Simon Rice Mill
  • Standard Milling Company
  • Water Works and Electric Plant


  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • Boise Southern Company
  • International Paper Company
  • Westvaco


  • American Cyanamid Ammonia Plant
  • American Oil Company
  • Mexican Petroleum Company of Louisiana (Inc)
  • Oriental Exporters Inc
  • Pan Am Southern Corporation
  • Pan American Southern Corp


  • Boise Cascade
  • Calcasieu Sulphate Paper Company Inc.
  • Calkraft Paper Company
  • Industrial Lumber Company


  • Anchor Gasoline Corporation
  • R.H. Coleman and Company
  • Runnels Corp
  • Runnels Gas Products
  • Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corp
  • Uno Tex Petroleum


  • Alice C. Factory
  • Cabot Carbon Company
  • Cabot Corporation
  • Calumet
  • Columbia Sugar Company
  • Columbian Carbon Company
  • Columbian Chemicals
  • Franklin Power Plant
  • Franklin Sugar Manufacturing Company
  • Iberia State Team Track
  • Leona Lee Corporation
  • P. R. Insulation, Ltd.
  • Shadyside Company Ltd
  • South Coast Corporation
  • Sterling Sugar and Railway Company
  • Sterling Sugar Company
  • Underwood Short and Bell
  • Underwood, Short and Reeves
  • United Carbon


  • Marathon Refinery Louisiana

Good Hope

  • Gatx
  • General American Transportation Corporation
  • Good Hood Refinery
  • Good Hope Industries, Inc.
  • La Power & Light
  • Louisiana Power & Light Company
  • New Orleans Refining Company Inc.
  • Pullman Kellogg
  • Shell Oil Company


  • Colonial Sugars Company
  • Gramercy Sugar Company
  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation


  • C.S. Burt and Company
  • Gulf Atlanta Refinery
  • Gulf Distilling Company
  • Holloway House
  • Hunt Foods and Industries Inc
  • Mayer Alcohol Company
  • Oakwood Shopping Center
  • Southern Cotton Oil Company
  • Union Oil Company
  • Witco Chemical Company, Inc.


  • Continental Can Company
  • Smurfit-Stone Container
  • Southern Advance Bag & Paper Company
  • Stone Container Corporation


  • A.L. Monnot
  • Delgado Albania Plantation Commission
  • Delgardo and Company
  • Jeanerette Sugar Company, Inc
  • Loisel Sugar Refining Company
  • Ma Patout and Son, Ltd
  • Roane Sugar Inc


  • Jennings Gas and Electric Company
  • Jennings Norwood Irrigation Company
  • Louisiana Irrigation & Mill Company
  • Lowry Irrigation Plant
  • Mayville Canal Company
  • Mcfarlain Irrigation Plant
  • Nat. Rice Milling Company
  • Riverside Irrigation Company
  • S.B.A. Shipyards


  • Anco Insulation, Inc.
  • Delta Match Corp of La
  • Exxon
  • Fourth Jefferson Drainage District
  • Hepinstall Steel Company
  • Humble Oil Refining
  • Kenner Home Team Track


  • Waterford Nuclear Power Plant


  • Bonin Steam Plant
  • Ca Rodemacher
  • Doc Bonin Power Station
  • Lafayette High School
  • Lafayette Municipal Plant
  • Lafayette Sugar Refining Company
  • Lafayette Utility System
  • Louis Doc Bonin Station
  • Louisiana Energy and Power Authority
  • Mike Baker Brick Company
  • Northside High School Gymnasium
  • Southern Gulf Operators
  • Southwest Louisiana Institute


  • Bayou Steel Corporation


  • Bollinger Shipyard
  • Halter Marine
  • R.E. Morrison Estate
  • Valentine Pulp & Paper Company Inc
  • Valentine Sugars


  • Bungy Grain Elevator
  • Indeck Power Equipment Company
  • Lion Oil Refining Company
  • Monsanto Chemical Company


  • Brown & Root
  • Central Louisiana Electric
  • Cleco Power Llc
  • Dolet Hills Steam Plant Unit 1
  • Hendrix Manufacturing Company
  • International Paper Company
  • Louisiana Public Utilities Company
  • Southwestern Electric Power Company


  • Archbishop Shaw High School
  • Celotex Corporation
  • Chinchuba Institute
  • General Industrial Alcohol Company
  • Immaculate Conception School
  • Jefferson Parrish Wastewater District #2
  • Johns Manville Products Corporation


  • Murphy Oil Louisiana


  • Army Ammunition Plant
  • City of Minden - Minden Municipal Power
  • Clement-Braswell, Inc.
  • La Energy and Power Authority
  • Louisiana Energy and Power Authority
  • Louisiana Ordnance Plant
  • Minden Utilities System
  • Webb Press Company


  • Adams Industries
  • Brown Industries
  • Brown Paper Mills Company
  • Charity Hospital
  • City of Monroe Municipal Power Plant
  • City Water Department
  • Continental Can Company
  • Electric Power Plant - City of Monroe
  • Entergy Corp
  • Louisiana Power & Light Company
  • Manville Forest Products
  • Middle South Utilities
  • Monroe Municipal Power Plant
  • Monroe Power House
  • Municipal Light and Power Plant
  • Municipal Power Plant
  • Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
  • Olinkraft, Inc.
  • Quachita National Bank
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • St. Francis Sanitarium
  • Tennessee Gas Transmission Company
  • Utilities Commission
  • Weaks Supply Company


  • Little Gypsy Power Plant


  • Lieberman Steam Plant
  • Southwestern Electric Power Company
  • Southwestern Gas and Electric Company
  • Swepco/Liberman Plant
  • Wepco/Liberman Plant

Morgan City

  • Conrad Industries
  • J Ray Mcdermott
  • La Energy and Power Authority
  • Louisiana Energy and Power Authority
  • Mcdermott Shipyard
  • Morgan City Municipal


  • City of Natchitoches
  • Louisiana State Normal College
  • Natchitoches Municipal Electric Light and Water Department
  • Natchitoches Steam Plant
  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company

New Iberia

  • Exxon
  • Gulf Public Service Company
  • Humble Avery Island
  • Iberia Sugar Corp
  • L.C. Soileau & Son
  • Quaker Oats Company
  • Red Fox Industries

New Roads

  • Big Cajun Two Steam Plant Unit 3
  • Cajun Electric Power Coop. Inc
  • Louisiana Electric Co-Op
  • Louisiana Generating


  • Fluor Corporation
  • Gatx Terminals Corp
  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp
  • Kaiser Steel
  • Norco Good Hope Terminal
  • Norco Plant
  • Norco Refinery
  • Norco Refining Company Louisiana
  • Orion Refining
  • Shell Chemical Company
  • Shell Chemical Louisiana
  • Shell Refinery
  • Valero Energy Louisiana

North Baton Rouge

  • Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation
  • Allied Chemical Corporation
  • Capolymer Rubber & Chemical Corporation
  • Ethyl Corporation
  • Gulf States Utilities Company
  • Standard Oil Company of Louisiana
  • Stauffer Chemical Company


  • Arizona Chemical Company
  • Hillyer Deutsch Edwards Inc.
  • Louisiana Public Utilities Company
  • Newport Industries Inc
  • Reichold Chemical Company
  • Tenneco Chemicals Company


  • Central Louisiana Electric Company
  • Central Louisiana State Hospital
  • Charity Hospital
  • DuPont
  • International Paper Company
  • Jimmie Walker Contracting Company
  • Louisiana State Colony & Training School
  • Pinecrest State School
  • Pineville Kraft Corp
  • Procter and Gamble Company


  • Dow Chemical Powerhouse
  • Georgia Gulf Corporation
  • Georgia Pacific Plant
  • Hercules Refinery
  • Hercules, Inc.
  • Mcwilliams Dredging Company
  • Myrtle Grove Sugar

Port Allen

  • Exxon Company Usa
  • Mcwilliams Dredging Company
  • Placid Oil Refinery
  • Placid Refining
  • Poplar Grove Factoryand Refining Company
  • Smithfield Sugar
  • Wesrover Sugar Factory

Port Sulphur

  • Combustion Equipment
  • Deerfiled Glassine Company
  • Freeport / Mcmoran
  • Freeport Sulphur Company
  • Freeport/Mcmoran


  • Godchaux Sugar Inc
  • Raceland Milling Company
  • Savannah Foods
  • South Coast Corp


  • Arkansas Fuel Oil Company
  • Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company
  • City of Ruston - Ruston Power Plant
  • Duraflake South Inc
  • Louisiana Methodist Orphanage
  • Louisiana Polytechnic Institute
  • Ruston City Water Works

Saint Francisville

  • Crown Vantage, Inc
  • Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • International Paper Mill
  • James River Paper
  • Natalbany Lumber Company
  • River Bend Power Plant
  • River Bend Powerhouse
  • St. Francisville Paper Company

Saint Gabriel

  • Air Products Company
  • Ciba Geigy Corp
  • Ciba-Geigy
  • Entergy Gulf States Inc
  • Gulf States Utilities Company
  • Louisiana State Penitentiary
  • Novartis
  • Ventress Brothers and Locke
  • Vista Chemical
  • Willow Glen Steam Plant Unit 4

Saint James

  • Agrico Faustina Plant
  • Chevron Chemical Company
  • Gulf Oil Chemicals Company
  • Imc Agrico
  • St. James Sugar Co-Op Inc

Saint Marys Parish

  • Columbian Carbon Company


  • Air Traffic Control Center
  • American Creosate
  • Canulette Shipbuilding Company
  • Delta Southern Shipyard
  • Gulf States Creosoting Company
  • Saint Tammany Drainage District
  • Salmen Brick Lumber Company
  • Slidell Airport
  • Slidell Shipbuilding Company
  • Southern Creosoting Company Ltd.
  • Southern Shipyard


  • Arizona Chemical Plant
  • International Paper Company
  • Southern Kraft International Paper Company
  • Springhill Mill


  • Certainteed Corp
  • Cities Service Refinery
  • Conoco Oil Refinery
  • Firestone
  • Occidental Chemical Company
  • Union Sulphur Company


  • Beker Industries Corporation
  • Hooker Chemicals & Plastics
  • Lumas Construction
  • Occidental Chemical Company
  • Oxy Chem
  • Taft Louisiana Plant
  • Union Carbide Chemical Plant
  • Waterford Nuclear Station


  • Caldwell Sugar Coop
  • Entergy Louisiana Inc
  • Freeport Sulphur Company
  • Louisiana Power and Light
  • Reality Operators Inc
  • Southdown Sugars, Inc.
  • Standard Sugars Company
  • W.E. Howell
  • W.S. Lafargue Elementary School


  • National Bagasse Products Company
  • South Down Sugar Refinery
  • Southdown Corporation
  • Southdown Sugar, Inc.
  • Vacherie Plant


  • Exxon
  • Garden Island Bay Plant
  • Gulf Oil Corp
  • Halliburton
  • Humble Oil & Refining

West Lake Charles

  • City Services Oil Company
  • Hercules Powder Company
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass
  • Tutwiler Refinery
  • W R Grace & Company Davison Chemical Div


  • A.L. Patterson
  • American Cyanamid Company
  • Avondale Shipyards Inc - Westwego
  • Celotex Corporation
  • Federal Products Company
  • La Power & Light
  • Louisiana Power & Light Company
  • Nine Mile Plant
  • Rossville Alcohol Corp

White Castle

  • Cedar Grove Factory
  • Cedar Grove Plantation
  • William T. Burton Industries

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Louisiana

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Louisiana. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121

Mesothelioma Doctors in Louisiana

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Louisiana. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. W. Charles Conway, II
Ochsner Cancer Institute
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121

Dr. Brian L. Pettiford
Ochsner Cancer Institute
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Louisiana

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Louisiana, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Asbestos Related News in Louisiana

Asbestos Found in New Orleans Courthouse

Asbestos was recently discovered in the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse, causing it to shut down while contractors remove it. Read more at

Avondale Shipyard Being Sued By Former Employee For Asbestos-Related Disease

Former employee of ten years at Avondale Shipyard is suing the company for damages from asbestos exposure, which has led to silicosis disease.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.


Bowker, Michael. Fatal Deception: The Terrifying True Story of How Asbestos is Killing America. (New York: Touchstone, 2003.)

Cabrera-Santiago, Manuel et al. “Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electrical Power Generation Workers in Puerto Rico.” Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2007.

Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Louisiana.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma, September 2005.

Krstev, S. et al. “Mortality Among Shipyard Coast Guard Workers: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” Occupational and Environmental Medicine 64 (October 2007): 651-8.

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