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Report Details “Devastating Harms” to Texas Communities From Petrochemical Industry

The report underscores the climate, environmental, and human rights tolls linked to petrochemical production. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Oil refineries and petrochemical plants line the coastline in Texas City, Texas, on June 13, 2008. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Toxic pollution from the petrochemical industry along the Houston Ship Channel in Texas is causing “devastating harms” to local communities, according to a new report by international human rights advocacy group Amnesty International.

The report underscores the climate, environmental, and human rights tolls linked to petrochemical production, adding to the ongoing controversy surrounding the practices of the U.S. fossil fuel industry.

Home to the largest petrochemical industrial complex in the U.S., the Houston Ship Channel — a 52-mile waterway that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to Houston — is encompassed by hundreds of industrial plants that convert oil and gas into chemical building blocks that can be further processed into products such as plastics, fertilizer and pesticides.

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