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  •  The pipeline route (4+ / 0-)

    will not be anywhere near to African-communities until it gets close to Port Arthur, which contains a 45% minority population.

    The Port Arthur Motiva Refinery recently doubled in size, increasing its pollution by 31% in part to process the Tar Sands.   Two other local refineries also expanded.

    I wrote a diary about the Port Arthur folks and the pollution a while back.  Sorry for the poor link.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:02:02 PM PST

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    •  The pipeline route will threaten Indian (3+ / 0-)
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      communities.  It'll cross the Oglala aquifer, which is the main source of water for Pine Ridge reservation. (And Rosebud reservation too? I'm not sure.) If the aquifer becomes poluted, people on the reservation will literally have no water to drink.  ANd pipeline leaks are common. It's a disaster just waiting to happen.  After all this time that the Lakota have struggled to keep their culture alive on the lands left to them, it would be a terrible blow.

      It would poison the waters for many small farmers and ranchers, too.  It's a terrible idea altogehter -- completely contemptuous of the land and the needs of any people who aren't wealthy oil-company stockholders.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:36:01 PM PST

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    •  There are more than African-American (1+ / 0-)
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      folks that are of color all the way along the corridor of this monster.   There are also very rural and very poor people along the way.  We have to keep up the fight against this as it will destroy us all and it does not matter what color you are.

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