African-Americans face a disproportionate risk of health problems from pollution caused by the oil and gas industry, and the situation could worsen as President Donald Trump dismantles environmental regulations, according to a report issued on 14 November by a pair of advocacy groups.
The report, issued by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) civil rights group and the Clean Air Task Force (CATF), said more than a million African-Americans live within half a mile of an oil and gas operation, and more than 6.7 million live in a county that is home to a refinery.
“African-Americans are exposed to 38% more polluted air than Caucasian-Americans, and they are 75% more likely to live in fence-line communities than the average American,” the report said, referring to neighborhoods adjacent to industrial facilities.
“In the current regulatory environment, the disproportionate burden of pollution will only increase for low-income communities and communities of color,” the report added.
Trump’s administration has begun to unravel Obama-era environmental regulations limiting emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, arguing they are overly costly for industry and unnecessary to protect public health.
A White House official declined to comment on the NAACP/CATF report. But Trump has said his pro-energy industry policies are good for blacks and other minorities because they will create jobs.
Officials for the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufacturers, which represent the country’s largest fossil fuels companies, did not immediately comment on the report.
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