Divided by Oil: Texas town struggles with looming effects of Keystone XL pipeline

For Eddie Brown, 54, a former refinery worker and now owner of the Kutz 4 Kingz Barber Shop in Port Arthur, Texas, enough is enough. “My mom died of cancer,” he said. “My son had breathing issues. I have a lot of friends and relatives who have a lot of breathing problems. There’s a lot of people with cancer in this area.” So when he heard about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline bringing another 830,000 barrels of heavy oil into his beleaguered town, he was against it. “Sooner or later I think safety and health should trump the commercial side,” he said. Port Arthur is an oil town like no other in the United States.

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