Port Arthur, Texas is one of the
nationís most polluted communities. A cluster of refineries and petrochemical
plants are permitted to release 1 million pounds of toxins. Accidental releases
were reported to be 6 million pounds.
The majority of the population is
African-American and suffers from high cancer rates, asthma rates and a variety
of skin and other health complaints.
In 2006, Motiva (a Shell Oil
subsidiary) applied for a permit from the state of Texas to expand their
existing Port Arthur refinery to more than double its current production
- which would make it the largest refinery in the nation.
Global Community Monitor
assembled a national team to work with the Port Arthur-based Community In Power and Development Association (CIDA), led by Hilton Kelley, to successfully block
the permit and won major pollution reductions, a multi-million dollar
community development foundation and community safety measures.
Our work in Port Arthur and with Hilton Kelley is a prime example of how a single Bucket Brigade training can open the door to the community winning stunning victories from major oil companies.