petrochemical industry

yudith nietoIf you want to get a sense of what the Keystone XL pipeline would do to Gulf Coast communities (and which communities will bear the brunt of refining 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day), look no further than Manchester, a neighborhood in Houston’s East End.

Mississippi Power has maneuvered and finagled and managed to get a bill through the Mississippi legislature to make 185,000 families pay the bill to build this $5 billion coal plant. This would double our power bills… If they want to build that power plant, I don't care. But if they want me to pay for it, untried, untested, whether it every kicks out a kilowatt of energy or not, I say no.

diane wilsonOn Monday December 3rd, Diane Wilson walked out of the Harris County Jail a free woman after being arrested for blockading a Valero Refinery. But her act of civil disobedience didn't end there: she's been on a hunger strike for 13 days, and says she won't stop until Valero divests from the Keystone XL pipeline. 

neighbors of baton rouge exxonmobil plantBaton Rouge, Louisiana - A June 14th release of Naphtha – a mixture of flammable liquid hydrocarbon – from ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge Chemical Plant is under investigation for being severely under-reported by the corporation.

According to a new report, the petrochemical industry in Louisiana averaged one accident per day in 2010.  Here are three stories from that report, written by people who have seen the impacts of oil industry accidents firsthand -- two community leaders who live next to refineries, and one refinery worker.

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