A Texas Department of Transportation highway project threatens to sever a community already devastated by industry. Hillcrest, a historically black neighborhood in Corpus Christi that is still almost entirely minority, would be trapped in between polluting refineries on two sides and elevated highways on the remaining two. The highway—which has recently been stalled by a Title VI Civil Rights complaint filed by Hillcrest residents with the Federal Highway Administration—would cut the neighborhood off from the rest of the city.
Despite vociferous opposition from local elected officials, environmentalists and citizens, many Democrats in the Texas Legislature are supporting controversial legislation that would strip local governments of the power to regulate or ban fracking.
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Even before voters in Denton passed a measure that made their city the first in the state to ban fracking, state lawmakers were talking about filing legislation to block the ban. On Monday, more than four months after the Denton vote, a House committee discussed two bills that would derail local efforts to curb fracking. House Bill 40 would generally block cities from regulating oil and gas activity, and House Bill 539 would make cities and municipalities that do ban fracking pay for it—literally.
These are the stories of three families who were willing to walk away from thousands of dollars—and battle loved ones, their communities and their government—to make a stand against Big Oil in Texas, even when facing insurmountable odds.
Protesters outside Houston’s Shell Oil refinery, who belong to the United Steelworkers union, are participating in the first major U.S. oil strike since 1980, one that has centered on the huge oil industry in Texas.
An investigation by a Mexican magazine into the disappearance of 43 students in September suggests the country’s federal police had a hand in the horrific affair.