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By Carl Webb | Renter in Austin, TX

Houston Frontlines Tour on Thursday, December 16

Thursday, December 16 · 9:30am - 1:00pm

Hartmann Community Center at Hartmann Park
9311 E. Avenue P
Houston, TX

Elected officials and community members will gather at Hartmann Community Center on Thursday, December 16th for a tour of industrial facilities along the Houston Ship Channel and the communities they pollute. A press conference will follow the tour, but members of the press are welcome to join the tour as well.

The tour will focus on the health threats low-income Houstonians face from refining pollution and the dire consequences ...of increasing pollution from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would drive a significant increase in refining of Alberta’s tar sands in the Ship Channel area. Tar sands oil contains, among other toxic metals, an average of 11 times more sulfur and nickel, six times more nitrogen, and five times more lead than conventional crude oil. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in charge of permitting the pipeline.

After the tour, local Officials will publicly call on Secretary Clinton and the State Department to conduct a full examination of the pipeline’s impact on Houston’s air quality in the form of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement before granting approval for the project.

Keystone XL Pipeline & Houston’s Air Quality Future
Thursday, December 16
Hartmann Community Center at Hartmann Park in Manchester
9311 E. Avenue P, 77012

9:30 AM
Welcome with breakfast tacos at Hartmann Community Center at Hartmann Park in Manchester. Frontlines Tour Orientation begins.

9:45 AM
Frontlines Tour visits neighborhoods impacted by poor air quality and sources of problem air emissions, including Manchester and East Side, Ship Channel, and refinery corridor

11:30 AM
Frontlines Tour vans return to Hartmann Community Center

11:45 AM
Press conference

12:00 Noon
Lunch is served

The Sierra Club's latest report, "Toxic Tar Sands: Profiles from the Frontlines" shines a spotlight on the negative impacts on air quality that would result from refining additional Canadian tar sands oil in Houston. Houston's Juan Parras is featured in this report, and he'll be leading the tour. Download the report here:

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would bring upwards of 700,000 barrels of oil per day to be refined in the Houston and Port Arthur area. This represents about 35% of the capacity of its target refineries. Given that this oil is a lower quality crude with higher levels of toxic contaminants than conventional oil, we risk grave consequences for our air quality, the health of fellow citizens and repercussions from the federal government for continually failing to meet federal air standards.

We urge you to write a letter to the Department of State requesting they study the project’s impact on air quality in Houston. We have the opportunity to ensure a full examination of the pipeline’s impacts on air quality by requesting a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This will guarantee that an analysis of the project’s impact on public health is completed, and that there is time for the public to respond to this new information.

We firmly believe that citizens deserve the right to know the impacts of the pipeline on air quality and health. If the Department of State only releases a Final Environmental Impact Statement, there will be no opportunity for the citizens to comment on any new information concerning these negative impacts. The only way to guarantee this is to request a SEIS from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Take action and sign the petition urging Mayor Annise Parker to request an SEIS:

Let's save Houston's air!

For more information, contact:
Evelyn Merz (713) 201-4061
Shondra Wygal (713) 542-2861
Lian Lopez (713) 416-5088

Houston Sierra Club


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