Tuesday, February 05, 2013


If you are rich or white or powerful, I'd say the chances are excellent that you don't happen to live anywhere near a chemical plant.  Aren't you the lucky one?  Aren't they the lucky ones.

It is no fun to live near a chemical plant.  There is the ground, water and air pollution to deal with.  There are all the health issues to deal with.  There are the possible disasters of an major fire, a tornado, an earthquake, a terrorist attack to worry about.

Of course, you don't need a disaster to be worried.  For example, if you live in the Lone Star Republic, Bioray (who benefits from this problem by the production of natural detox products, oops, not supposed to say anything nasty about nasty products) reports:

... a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) showed that "accidents" and other non-routine events at Texas oil and gas facilities, refineries and petrochemical plants have released almost 100,000 tons of pollution from 2009 to 2011.

 During 2009 through 2011, these accidents at were responsible for the release of more than 42,000 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and just over 50,000 tons of smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This pollution is on top of the toxins that are released when these plants are operating correctly, and are not part of the data taken into account when the government establishes regulations or examines the potential health or environmental impact of a facility.

"Texans living in our state's many fenceline communities have, for far too long, been regularly exposed to pollutants from accidental releases that should never be allowed into the air. And the number of Texans whose health is negatively impacted by such damaging pollution is increasing with the growth of gas extraction and processing operations," said Matt Tejada the executive director of Air Alliance.

CONFESSION: on the same page which I found the above, I also discover that Bioray will sell you Loving Energy (Organic) for a mere $36.  They will sell you something called Cytoflora for $87.  Ain't that capitalism.  One group of capitalist making money off the miseries caused by another group of capitalists.  Ya gotta love it. 

Fortunately, if you are rich or white or powerful, not to worry.

Lot's of others, people of color, poor, working people, those most likely to live in the chemical neighborhood need to keep their eyes and ears open (and their mouths and noses shut).

Guess what?  There are those out there amongst the multitude who are saying, "I don't think so" to the Empire and to the Masters of Global Capital.

We have all read a bunch about the protesters in China who have taken on their chemical industry, their State, not to mention THE PARTY about their own chemical problems.

What if I told you in out of the way provinces like Poland and in Cyprus the Empire has to put up with those pesky working folks, too.

What is the world coming to anyway.

Two articles below will give you a hint.

The first is from HETQ investigative journalists.

The second is from the Cyprus Mail.

Have a great day and remember the motto I remember from Monsanto which I used to hear in my younger days:



No to Cyanide Plant: Meghradzor Residents Stage Protest Outside Presidential Palace

Narek Aleksanyan

14:00, January 25, 2013

Residents of the Armenian town of Meghradzor, the site of a planned cyanide plant, have come to Yerevan to stage a protest outside the Presidential Palace today.
Carrying banners reading “No to Cyanide” and “Think of the Children”, the protestors submitted a letter addressed to President Sargsyan to the Palace's correspondence unit. They want Sargsyan to halt any such construction, arguing that a chemical plant will cause damage to the health of the local populace and agriculture.

Hetq spoke to some of the protestors from Meghradzor

Bakhshi Grigoryan - The plant is only 300 meters from our homes. They tell us they will collect the wastes and remove them. In our estimation, that is impossible. That cyanide will flow into the river where the villagers have drilled wells. The closed pit mine has been operating for 1 year and a half with no problem. But the new open pit mine will be a disaster for us.

Tatoul Karapetyan - Environmentalists and scientists have told us that the village will suffer greatly. The authorities don’t take our interests into consideration.

Samvel Mkrtchyan - They are showing us false scientific studies claiming that an open pit mine is safe. They also say the mine will provide jobs to the villagers. No one is ready to prevent the gold extraction process, but we oppose the construction of a new mine that will use cyanide to extract the gold. They are trying to make the maximum profit with a minimum of resources and by damaging the environment. Public hearings were only attended by plant workers and people shipped in from elsewhere.


Protesters block chemical factories

Published on February 5, 2013
Residents of Nisou protest (By Christos Theodorides)

THE RESIDENTS of Pera-Chorio Nisou closed off two chemical factories on Sunday, found within the village’s residential area, which are supposedly responsible for serious health problems being experienced by many villagers.

The demonstrations began on Sunday and continued yesterday with residents closing-off the entrance to the factories which produce chlorine and paint.

 “It is time for the residents to take action to protect their own health,” Green Party MP Giorgos Perdikis said. Perdikis who was present at both Sunday and Monday’s demonstrations told reporters he believed it was time for the people of the village to stand against the threat to their health and to their quality of life.

“According to the recent Ombudswoman’s report, government departments did not manage to protect the residents from the factories’ illegal actions and they have every right to protect themselves and their health,” he added.

Perdikis explained that in the recent Ombudswoman’s report, there were many omissions by government departments which allowed the unchecked operation of the two chemical factories within the village’s residential area, resulting in an increase in cancer cases in the area.

The residents have said they would continue their demonstrations with a possible indefinite closing off of the factories unless their demands for the government to shut them down and move them to an industrial area are met.

Perdikis revealed that a plot of land has been assigned to relocate the chlorine factory but without financial help from the government it would be impossible to build a new factory there.

Local students and organised members of the community all took part in the demonstrations.

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