How money stokes divide of historic black community in Virginia pipeline battle

How money stokes divide of historic black community in Virginia pipeline battle

In the utility’s quest to construct the pipeline, less powerful and historically disenfranchised groups have been affected, according to a study by Finley-Brook: Small farmers have been subject to eminent domain; Native Americans, about 30,000, live within a mile of the proposed route in North Carolina; and another compressor station already in the works in Northampton County, North Carolina, is in a census block where 79 percent of the population is black.

“We should be looking at when projects like these are proposed for places where people have less power to advocate for themselves,” Finley-Brook said, “because when you want to build in a mostly white and higher-income community, these projects would be questioned.”

A 2017 report prepared by the NAACP, “Fumes Across the Fence-Line,” found that black residents who live near oil and gas wells, compressors and processing plants are already beset by a lack of proper health care, leading to chronic health problems such as asthma, and other racial disparities.

via NBC How money stokes divide of historic black community in Virginia pipeline battle

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