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Port Arthur pollution fight shows how Texas blocks citizen protests

A local activist went before a judge, arguing for lower pollution limits on two new liquified natural gas facilities. The judge sided with him, but the state environmental agency sided with the companies.

John Beard, an environmental advocate who grew up in Port Arthur and worked in local refineries, on July 2, 2018.

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The heavily industrialized city of Port Arthur on July 2, 2018.
Port Arthur industrial facilities with a nearby neighborhood in the foreground on July 2, 2018.

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