"The story is as old as it is sad for Manchester, the most polluted barrio of Houston, one of the country’s most polluted cities.

"This 90-percent Latino community is literally surrounded by petrochemical facilities that spew at least eight carcinogens into .... The levels of one of them, benzene, are so high that living in Manchester is tantamount to being stuck in traffic 24/7

"Harris County, where Manchester lies, is the country’s No. 1 emitter of industrial carcinogens

"And as if this asphyxiating situation were not enough, Big Oil is planning to build in Manchester the terminal of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will transport tar sands crude —the most toxic on planet Earth— from Alberta, Canada, to this Latino barrio."

~ Javier Sierra  

The Manchester barrio in Houston (Photo by Elizabeth Brossa)

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