San Jacinto River Coalition on KPFT
Minister Robert Muhammad, Host of KPFT's "Connect the Dots," was joined for a radio interview by Texans Together Community Coordinator Chris Schillaci, and Faith Based Outreach Coordinator Rev. Vincent Fana on Wednesday, 1/7/2015.
Rev. Fana and Minister Robert Muhammad help highlight the important work being done by the San Jacinto River Coalition (SJRC), and the importance of respecting and protecting the great natural resources of Texas waterways. With Chris, they spoke about how "one of the worst things ever created." Dioxin has leaked into the river and has poisoned the river and part of Galveston Bay with fishing advisories in place for 15-20 years. Yet, people still fish and swim in the toxic soup of the river. Most people don't know about it, unless they seek out the information. Chris said, "I didn't even know about it living and growing in Houston my entire life, which was a shock to me when you find out about all these different chemicals that are in the Gulf affecting the fish."
Chris Schillaci gave an overview of the history of the San Jacinto Waste Pits, and the outcome of Harris County suing McGinnis Industrial Maintenance, Co, Waste Management, and International Paper. Since two of the companies settled with Harris County, McGinnis Industrial and Waste Management, for $29.2 million, Chris said that the San Jacinto River Coalition would like to see that money returned to the community. "We believe and feel that money could be put to good use and the people there could feel some semblance of justice, even though the process is still going on. They can still feel that people are caring, that they're not being slighted, that that money will go to them. They might not see it in certain ways for their personal gain, but they'll know it is in their community."
Chris explained that the SJRC is holding a Public Forum on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 6:30 pm. It will be a forum to inform the community and to seek public comment. It will be at the Highlands Community Center at 604 Highland Woods Dr, Highlands, TX 77562. For additional information contact: or , 713-782-8833. Flyer and map.