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With Full Impact Still Hidden From Public, Report Details 'Environmental Assault' Unleashed by Hurricane Harvey


With Full Impact Still Hidden From Public, Report Details 'Environmental Assault' Unleashed by Hurricane Harvey

Julia Conley, staff writer

Seven months after Hurricane Harvey bombarded Houston, Texas for four days, becoming one of the costliest storms in U.S. history, an investigation has begun to uncover the extent of the toxic impact that the hurricane had on the area—home to hundreds of chemical plants and thousands of miles of pipeline as well as 4.7 million residents.


Sounds like choosing to live in Houston can be hazardous to your health. The healthy effects of the toxic chemicals released might not all be manifested for several decades and linking them to this particular storm will probably not be possible. The chemical and fossil fuel industries in the Houston area probably supply so many jobs that nothing much will be done to prevent this from happening again. The jobs will prevent the public from raising too much of a fuss.


Isn’t capitalism great!? Where else can one set up industrial plants, spew toxins into the environment and ‘containment’ ponds then when nature takes its course and unleashes tons of toxic waste everywhere the good ol’ taxpayer is left holding the bag, so to speak? As Earth is being murdered and poisoned the goons running industry are doing their damnedest to cover up their malfeasance. Well, everyone sees the explosions but the hidden dangers get swept under the rug. And Executives cash huge rewards for “trimming costs”, never mind they’re murdering everyone around these toxic sites. Will it ever end? will the monsters stop in time to save humanity? 'm waiting for the inevitable collapse, it’s only a matter of indeterminate time.


So many problems with this information, don’t know where to start. Oh I know, the state must immediately fire Bryan Shaw. This dip-stick thinks he works for the corp’s, instead of the tax payers. It would also serve as a wake up call for the rest of the environmental quality commissioners. State regulators are clearly in someone’s pocket. 2000 samples taken after Katrina (a minor event for Houston), and only 85 samples taken for a direct hit. Houston we have a problem (I couldn’t resist). All of these “leaks and spills” are very suspect. Hurricanes are not a surprise event now days, clearly these company’s did not prepare for this event or took advantage of it and dumped products intentionally and should held accountable with extreme penalties. The residents and the medical professionals have no choice but to treat each patient as a worst case scenario.


Much of Houston is a flood plain. It is low-lying and and concave,its shape sometimes compared to a plate. Things that should not be in a flood plain:

  1. residences
  2. untreated sewage
  3. chemical plants
  4. eating establishments and food storage
  5. nuclear facilities.

Now, about New Orleans and Florida, well, at least rent instead of owning, and keep a boat.
Oh, and think twice before you eat something from the ocean.