toxic-tour

Take a “Toxic Tour” of Houston’s petrochemical industry with Air Alliance Houston!

I am a native Houstonian, but I was 26 years old before I ever saw the communities in Houston impacted by our petrochemical industry. We all know of the wealth and economic prosperity brought to Houston by our energy industry. But how many of us have seen firsthand the human impacts?

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A toxic tour changed my life. After my first tour with Air Alliance Houston in 2009, I dedicated my life to advocating for public health in Houston. Now I am the director of Air Alliance Houston, and I spend my time fighting for clean air and a healthy future for all Houstonians. I’d like to take you on the same tour that I took. Once you see what I saw on my first toxic tour, you will be convinced of the need to act now to save Houston from toxic air pollution.

Our toxic tours will fit your needs!

We give toxic tours ranging from one-on-one affairs in my Toyota Prius, to tours for dozens of out-of-town visitors on a charter bus. I will work with you to craft a specific tour that meets your needs. We can accommodate as few or as many guests as you like. Our tours range from two to five hours, visiting sites that can include:

  • Several of the largest oil refineries in the United States.
  • The San Jacinto Monument, site of the final battle for Texas Independence in 1836.
  • US Oil Recovery, a Superfund toxic waste site who’s owner is an international fugitive from justice.
  • The Manchester community, “Houston’s most polluted Neighborhood,” and homes that epitomize the term “fenceline community.”
  • Brady’s Landing, a famous–and delicious–seafood restaurant with a deck overlooking the Houston Ship Channel.
  • Galena Park, an environmental justice community of 10,00 residents.
  • The Santa Anna Capture Site, where the capture of the Mexican general ended the war for Texas Independence.
  • Air monitoring stations that determine whether Houston meets federal air pollution standards.
  • Interminable stops behind oil trains.img_1847
  • Barbours Cut and Bayport Ship Channel , the two Turning Basins for mega-ships delivering cargo to Houston.
  • Kinder Morgan Houston Bulk, one of the largest petroleum coke export facilities on the Gulf.
  • The infamous San Jacinto River Waste Pits, a Superfund site that is now entirely under water.

Our toxic tours are real, and raw. You will see neighborhoods that you have never seen. You will drive through industrial facilities larger than you thought possible. You may even come away with a headache. But you will never forget what you see.

“The Toxic Tour was an incredibly impactful experience for both me and my students. It opened our eyes to stark examples of pollution happening in our own city. After the tour, the students were able to talk about pollution and their environment in an entirely new way. Thank you Adrian and Air Alliance Houston for bringing us along!”

–Anthony M., St. Catheine’s Montessori.

Contact us now to book a Toxic Tour!

Air Alliance Houston wants to take you on a toxic tour today. We have a variety of tour options that will fit your specific needs:

  • Buses leaving from and returning to the Air Alliance Houston office in EaDo.
  • In-depth pre-tour presentations about Houston’s air quality challenges.
  • Box lunches, or a stop for a seafood lunch buffet.
  • Photo ops of some of Houston’s largest petrochemical facilities.
  • Famous Texas history landmarks.

Call 712-528-3779 or email info@airalliancehouston.org to book your toxic tour today!

Download a packet with more information about tour logistics and options.