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Wed 05 Oct 2005

Interview with Diane Wilson, an 'Unreasonable Woman'

Category : world

The Beyong Organic Show interviews Diane Wilson, 'a shrimp boat captain who found out chemical companies were dumping five million gallons of toxins every day into the bays around her hometown.'

She began a one woman environmental battle that 'started with a simple town meeting on the issue and led to hunger strikes, death threats and the eventual sinking of her own 42-foot boat, the Sea Bee, on top of underwater discharge pipes.'

'Host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network interviews Diane Wilson who published her new book: Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas.'

She started with a CIty Hall meeting, and persistence took her the rest of the way. Eventually the company adopted zero-emission techonologies that had been around for two decades. Listen in now. [MP3 file].

Booklist review of her book:

"In the battle to halt the monstrous pollution destroying Texas' Lavaca Bay, it seemed impossible that one little lady could take on a multibillion-dollar international chemical company and win--but win Wilson did. A minimally educated shrimp-boat captain and mother of five, Wilson suffered great personal tragedy, including death threats and divorce, in her frustrating and demoralizing crusade against Formosa Plastic's proposed $1.3 billion expansion of its PVC manufacturing facility in Calhoun County, Texas, already deemed the most toxic district in the country.

Armed with nothing more than her deep-seated love for the bay outside her door and an unwavering sense of justice, Wilson almost single-handedly set out to reveal the environmental destruction, worker intimidation, legal machinations, and political manipulation that epitomized Formosa's ruthless business practices."

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