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lulex
Made in Canada
10:26 PM on 03/27/2013
We have the same issues in Canada with First Nations communities. Oil refineries in Sarnia moved next door upwind to Aamjiwnaang First Nation reserve. Folks get cancers, endocrine issues, miscarriages. Average life span is 55 years and now Enbridge wants to bump up tar sands production with Line 9. It's not reasonable. Tort damages are taking place but with Harper's Omnibus Bill, funding for MNR has reduce the budget to check air emissions. It's now a matter being reviewed in the Supreme court. They want clean air as a human right.
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RunningBecky
Runner, nurse, chess player
12:56 AM on 03/28/2013
And yet so many Canadians are made at the Silent No More Movement. They are really totally ignorant of what the issures are. You have brought up an excellent example of those issues. F&F.
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01:48 AM on 03/28/2013
At least you got medical to - not waste the family with on your way out!
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GHY1
10:21 PM on 03/27/2013
Capitalism has gone too far. I used to be pro business and antilabor and a republican I hope people turn against capitalism the way it is now the way they have turned in favor of gay marriage. By going global white collar crime has gone global we need to restrict and regulate business it runs the world too much. I don't want companies out of state tearing up the environment and taking the money else where. All money or at least 1/2 or 2/3 should stay in the state. I think there is a capita;ism of capitalism out there. Vulchers flying around not letting small business grow and stealing them before they sprout
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CB5
We do not want to repeat 2010 in 2014! VOTE:)
11:29 PM on 03/27/2013
Why don't people get this ?
10:19 PM on 03/27/2013
There is a practice called - moving to a better place to live ...
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marianproletarian
10:25 PM on 03/27/2013
That easy, huh? And, there is a reason poorer areas are targeted.
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Blacksheep1
Keeping the Left honest, 7 days a week!
10:34 PM on 03/27/2013
How many of the people affected are even here legally?
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Texasstar94
love and happiness!
10:43 PM on 03/27/2013
Agree
10:31 PM on 03/27/2013
Some day there will be no better place to live if we keep allowing oil to do as they may.
10:15 PM on 03/27/2013
My comment for this story is reject the pipeline and do away with oil and invest more and more with renewable and clean energy sources.
10:31 PM on 03/27/2013
Amen brother!
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Blacksheep1
Keeping the Left honest, 7 days a week!
10:35 PM on 03/27/2013
You mean like Solyndra? No thanks...
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11:21 PM on 03/27/2013
get over it. a percentage of business fail in every industry.
03:53 PM on 03/28/2013
The percentage of businesses that fail is "almost every" within 5 years.
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Fred Berfel
10:13 PM on 03/27/2013
"This is obviously environmental racism" We rarely hear about racism these days.
10:12 PM on 03/27/2013
For the uninformed reader this article focused on a photo of black smoke billowing up from a tall structure yet failed to note why. The structure is called a flare stack and is activated upon the refinery having a major problem that could cause a catastrophic event such as an explosion. The white "smoke" reference is steam which is commonly used to extinguish the flare or supplement combustion. Steam is released on purpose in order to keep pressures from exceeding max limits.
Secondly, the article focused on Houston and Keystone. For the record the majority of Keystone will end up in plants in Pt. Arthur. I suppose major metropolitan areas are of more importance than anywhere else? Try looking into the stats of cancer and other related illnesses in the greater Golden Triangle area. Its an eye opener.
Then again maybe smaller markets are less exciting to report on. Sad as many homes are within 100 yards of units making some really nasty stuff. Try living hear and you will see what I mean.
10:10 PM on 03/27/2013
Support the Tar Sands Blockade's continued work in the community! Mentioning it by name in articles like this would be a good beginning...
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BraineyRubble
NSA Monitored, NSA Approved
10:07 PM on 03/27/2013
That's the sweet smell of Capitalism.

Cancerous? Sure, but somebody (not you) gets paid.
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Blacksheep1
Keeping the Left honest, 7 days a week!
10:36 PM on 03/27/2013
No, you just get any one of the HUNDREDS of everyday items made from oil...
03:56 PM on 03/28/2013
They protested oil tankers in the Florida Keys with "Black Friday", mostly by draping things along US1 with plastic bags, made of petrochemicals! Oh, the 80's...!
12:06 AM on 03/28/2013
Have you seen the environment in communist countries?
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thebluetornado
Trying hard to live by the golden rule.
10:05 PM on 03/27/2013
I don't know if I'd call Keystone racist. I'm pretty sure that the steady, slow (maybe not so slow) destruction of our planet is bad for all of us.
12:13 AM on 03/28/2013
It kills the indigenous people in Canada at the source of tar sand extraction, it is running through primarily poor areas in the US, and then ends up in a primarily Latino and black community where it is refined.

If this stuff is all so safe and great, why not run the pipe through wealthy areas in Dallas and then refine it all in the Woodlands outside of Houston?
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thebluetornado
Trying hard to live by the golden rule.
03:25 AM on 03/28/2013
I understand and agree with what you are saying. What I'm saying is that, while those communities are affected first we are all sharing this earth and we are all suffering from the consequences of the poor stewardship of our planet.
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bosshogg1945
Progressive atheist OMG!
01:09 AM on 03/28/2013
Indeed, you are correct. However, the poor (and in many cases the colored) are the canaries in the mine. Funny thing is, the mine owners don't listen to canaries. Nosiree. Not when there's money to be made.
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thebluetornado
Trying hard to live by the golden rule.
03:26 AM on 03/28/2013
Yes. I agree.  They get hurt first but, in the long run, the poor treatment of our planet will hurt us all.
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mheister
Raconteur. Blog michaelheister.com
10:02 PM on 03/27/2013
Oh, and the oil won't all be used in the US. Not by a longshot. It goes into the world market.
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Blacksheep1
Keeping the Left honest, 7 days a week!
10:36 PM on 03/27/2013
I forgot the US wasn't part of the world...
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mheister
Raconteur. Blog michaelheister.com
11:34 PM on 03/27/2013
Point is, Keystone was being touted as a step towards American energy independence, and that's just bunk.
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emershtdwn
"Something clever in Latin"
10:00 PM on 03/27/2013
Continued use of the racism card like this only makes it difficult for actual victims of racism to seek justice. Ever hear the story about crying wolf?
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10:08 PM on 03/27/2013
..........actually, it is the continued denial of obvious racism that makes it difficult for actual victims of racism to get the justice they've been seeking.
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June25
09:49 PM on 03/27/2013
It wasn't as if this oil refinery was built yesterday.The odds are part of the reason so many people live nearby is to be part of the residual service industry that caters to the very well paid oil refinery workers.It's like people who move near a airport and are shocked how much noise the planes make.
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10:12 PM on 03/27/2013
Now, ain't that all logimical. Of course it has nothing to do with red-lining, ghettoizing, have-nots taking what they can get and industry-with government turning a blind eye- doing whatever it wishes in the least powerful neighborhoods and areas of the country.....
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Texasstar94
love and happiness!
10:45 PM on 03/27/2013
Hit nail on head!!
10:36 PM on 03/27/2013
I agree - the refineries have been there a long time. Maybe why the housing is so affordable. Here, we have an airport, airbase & landfill, a few miles apart from each other. The airport & base have been there far longer than the landfill, yet nearby airport residents somehow got free noise abatement, buyouts and other goodies no other neighborhoods would get. The airport was there first. By a long shot.
I live 30 miles away, in the sticks, but am in a flight zone - who's going to abate the sound of the choppers and jets that use the airbase located near the airport and the landfill? There's a recycling separation facility 2 miles from my house - Been there since before I bought in '96. I knew it was there. Do I get a handout for all the diesel fumes?
As to the landfill, there was a buffer around it - who wanted to live near a dump, albeit a nice one.. Somehow during the first half of this century, developers found it as cheap land for nice houses - with a dump in their back yard. Nothing has happended yet as most are abandoned - upside down. Time will tell what taxpayer money will be needed to abate a nice-looking landfill from their view. Or not.
Bottom line is - you buy cheap because of a piece of infrastructure that's already there - you get what you pay for. I wouldn't expect a handout - and
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09:43 PM on 03/27/2013
Cancer Alley! Anyone

Get a Goodies World Atlas and you will see the pollution rates to income and the death rates there and Doctors per 1,000

But here as in Japan these aggressive and brutal want to get oil will harm us all as Japan has - one world, noway to get it back once the Profit over life Crowed burns it to ground

How about some mercury with your fish and CS 134, 137 and PU 138 and more--

The poor always get the nice front row seats to the gas/envs chamber
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Newthron
Never give up, never surrender.
09:43 PM on 03/27/2013
It would be fun and educative to know how they would react if this pipeline ran through or next to their whiteous community.
I mean you want it, well keep it in your own backyard, no?
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Bills Catz
Don't believe everything you think.
09:41 PM on 03/27/2013
Seems like trying to put a new brim on a very old hat here. Until Keystone came along, did anybody really give a rats hat about folks living within sight of refineries?
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10:13 PM on 03/27/2013
good point....