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Dirty barge cleaning emails

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BATON ROUGE - An email chain with foul language and offenses turned up in a public records request dealing with a controversial barge cleaning operation planned for south of LSU.

Tubal-Cain wants to build its plant across the levee from Farr Park and neighborhoods. Since a WBRZ report about the plans in February, neighbors and city leaders have publicly fought the project.

But, the email chain obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit from attorneys who are working with neighbors of the proposed facility who conversations were happening at the end of 2013, and the company was already becoming frustrated with activists in the area.

One person, who was concerned about an eagle's nest near the project, was called a "wacko." Also, company representatives make sexual innuendos about others who are against the project.

The internal emails became public record when the company forwarded them to the director of the port for some reason.

"They're going to be sorry they wrote these," attorney Mary Olive Pierson said in an interview with WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington for WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Thursday.

"My judgment about it is, if this company has so little discretion as to make public this type of communication from inside their company. Then why would we want a company with that little discretion operating any facility, much less this one on the river?"

The company did not want to comment and multiple emails and calls to the port went unanswered.

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