My dad used to work at one of the chemical plants in the Point Comfort/Port Lavaca area in Texas, about a two and a half hour drive southwest from Houston. The plant produces plastics and PVC pellets which are used to make anything from sandwich bags to molded products. My father was a waste-water operator. They repeatedly had him send contaminated water out into our bays.  Many of these contaminants are cancer causing agents.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with several neighboring friends and associates that are from New Orleans, but now living in Houston.  Two I met, and they became a part of my life, while I was residing in Houston after Hurricane Katrina.  I wanted to know, more than five years after leaving New Orleans, why were they still in Houston?  Did they consider themselves displaced?  What did they think about New Orleans and returning home?

Native son Hilton Kelley will get Green Nobel for grass-roots environmentalism. By Matthew Tresaugue, Houston Chronicle.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — The public housing project where Hilton Kelley was born and raised sits in the shadows of two refineries that belch toxic chemicals into the air.


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