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Analysis: Harvey Triggered Release of Nearly a Million Pounds of Toxic Air Pollutants


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Analysis: Harvey Triggered Release of Nearly a Million Pounds of Toxic Air Pollutants

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Texas refineries and petrochemical plants affected by Hurricane Harvey have released nearly a million pounds of seven especially dangerous air pollutants, according to a new analysis released Friday.

"The petroleum industry seems utterly unwilling to take responsibility for operating safely, even as climate change makes storms like Harvey more destructive."
—Shaye Wolf, Center for Biological Diversity


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Locating so much petrochemical infrastructure near the Gulf of Mexico or in the Gulf of Mexico was not a bright idea. Hurricanes hit this area quite often. Some have even make landfall as category 5 hurricanes. There is no reason that these powerful storms will stop traveling into the Gulf of Mexico.


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This number is certainly low. They discharge this much (and probably more) shit during “normal” operations.


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Heard the CEOs issued a joint statement: “Let them eat cake”.


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Yeah, our very own Bhopal right here in America. I’m sure these multinational companies will offer a safer operational alternative and of course mitigate any harm to local communities. Not.


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The MSM keeps calling the horrible tragedy and environmental devastation of Houston a " NATURAL DISASTER" when nothing could be further from the truth! There is absolutely nothing natural about the release of nearly a million pounds of of toxic air pollutants by the petroleum industry, that is the result of the petroleum industry’s choices of putting greedy, profits before the safety of people.