In Focus: Deer Park, Texas residents continue to fear for their health and safety

It might feel as though the community of Deer Park, Texas is a world away from the discussion table in Paris where international delegates are meeting this week to  negotiate a Global Plastics Treaty. But for residents in this largely Latino and Hispanic community, any decisions coming out of those talks are certain to have […]

Analysis: What Deer Park Teaches Us About The Petrochemical Industry

Today marks the two-week anniversary of the massive fire at Shell's Deer Park Chemicals Plant in Texas. A lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages has been filed against Shell by a worker who was injured because of the blaze. Among other claims, the lawsuit states Shell was grossly negligent and failed to properly […]

All Eyes On The Gulf: A Series That Brings You Into The Heart Of Frontline Communities

People over Plastic is dedicating a special series of stories to America’s Gulf South. This is a region where some of the nation’s most pressing environmental injustices play out every day. The Gulf Coast in particular is a crucial petrochemical hub consisting of at least 55 major chemical plants. This is also where one-fifth of […]

Like a Band-Aid on a bullet hole

Carbon capture technology won’t be enough to reduce pollution created by proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) project While the world is moving away from building new fossil fuel developments, a company in Texas has its sights on constructing a new one. The developer NextDecade wants to build a $10-billion dollar liquefied natural gas (or LNG) […]

Grassroots Glossary

Environmental Justice is a term we often see in the headlines these days whether it’s connected to a groundbreaking lawsuit here in the U.S., or a group of nations struggling to confront the devastating impacts of the climate crisis. Environmental Justice is such a pressing matter in our modern society that even the Biden administration […]

EPA Proposal will Curb Chemical Plant Emissions

For years, communities living near petrochemical industries have fought to have their voices heard and it seems those years of advocacy are paying off. On April 6th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to curb the emissions of chemical plants in the hope of protecting the public. The proposal would see a 6,000-ton […]


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