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CenterPoint pipeline in Houston raises environmental justice concerns

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Days before the New Year, Angela King woke up to a nauseating scent of rotten egg wafting through her neighborhood in southwest Houston. 

The smell was a reminder of how close she lives to a storage facility bearing 300,000 gallons of liquid propane. And now, CenterPoint Energy plans to install natural gas pipeline transmission lines 4 feet underground. Initial construction will be just 50 feet from her home, King said. 

King has lived in Southwest Crossings, a mostly Black and brown neighborhood, for two decades, and she and her neighbors have protested the construction, fearing for their health and safety. Both propane and natural gas are highly flammable and come with risks of leaks, fires and explosions at facilities and pipelines.

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