According to Louisville, Kentuckys Courier-Journal two men died yesterday from an anhydrous ammonia leak at the American Cold Storage facility. Anhydrous ammonia is a gas commonly used in refrigeration, and would be used at the proposed $40 million New Orleans Cold Storage facility at Governor Nicholls and Esplanade wharves in the French Quarter.
As Gambit reported last month, the proposal has a number of residents of the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny worried about the possibility of gas leaks at the facility, which would be used to blast-freeze chicken. The Port of New Orleans owns the property and is in charge of the project, and contends the facility will have state-of-the-art safety measures. Chris Bonura, a spokesman for the Port, says New Orleans Cold Storage has operated refrigeration facilities in the city since 1886 and has never had an ammonia-related injury.