Saturday, December 12, 2015

We Are Sacrifice Zones: Native Leader Says Toxic North Dakota Fracking Fuels Violence Against Women



"What we're dealing with is a death by a thousand cuts," says North Dakota indigenous leader Kandi Mossett of the impact of the booming fracking and oil-drilling industry in her home state. "We've had violence against women increase by 168 percent, particularly in the area of rape," Mossett says. "We have 14-, 15- and 16-year-old girls that are willingly going into man camps [for oil workers] and selling themselves." She says the full impact of toxins from oil drilling won't be felt for another 20 years. "I'm so worried that at this COP21 my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter won't have a say, but she will be experiencing the worst impacts. It just doesn't make any sense to me that this is the 21st COPand we are considered sacrifice zones in my community."

More:  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/34005-we-are-sacrifice-zones-native-leader-says-toxic-north-dakota-fracking-fuels-violence-against-women

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