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“I’m just an angry steward of the land,” (Lamar County farmer Julia Trigg) Crawford said. “A foreign-owned, for-profit, nonpermitted pipeline has taken a Texan’s land. Doesn’t sound right, does it?”Texas Observer | By Forrest Wilder Billionaire wins another radioactive favor from TCEQ – Bureaucrats at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will be nervously watching the stock market for the next five years. That's because the agency, in an unprecedented move, has allowed Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons to financially secure his burgeoning West Texas radioactive waste dump with stock in one of his companies.
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By Barbara Hopson
WIMBERLEY, TX – The U.S. – especially the Texas Gulf Coast – is fast on its way to becoming the dumping ground for the rest of the world.
BP has a meltdown of huge proportions, polluting the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida and receives a slap on the wrist from the U.S.oil-igarchy.
Congress has authorized tax incentives of between $1-2 BILLION to Texas refineries which will retrofit themselves to refine Saudi "sour" oil which WILL BE SHIPPED to Texas to be refined. (The Saudis don't want to pollute their own country by refining that dirty oil, and they don't want to put a dent in their huge treasury by building refineries in Saudi Arabia to do the dirty job.) Let Texas take the pollution and pay to do it!
TransCanada wants to send its hot liquid tar sands from Alberta, Canada to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline built over the Ogallala aquifer. The pollution from refining will be spewed onto Port Arthur and the rest of the Gulf instead of further devastating Alberta. And the kicker is that the refined oil won't even be used in the U.S., but will be tanked from Port Arthur to places where TransCanada can demand a higher price for it than we will pay in the U.S.
Meanwhile, Gov. Perry has agreed for West Texas to take nuclear waste from other states.
Maybe we should erect a crying Statue of Liberty off Port Arthur, holding a tablet that says, "Please don't give us your packaged garbage, your air pollution, and your nuclear poisons, yearning to break free!"