POINT COMFORT – Diane Wilson’s voice echoed through a megaphone near Formosa Plastics on Saturday morning.
"Water is for people, not corporations," Wilson said to a crowd of about 50 people.
Activists from across the country gathered for a kayak tour of the waterways near Formosa, a company that goes to civil trial Monday on suspicion of illegally discharging plastic pellets and debris into Lavaca Bay.
The lawsuit was filed by Wilson, a client of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, along with co-plaintiffs. Wilson and plaintiffs claim millions of pounds of plastic pellets have been dumped into the waterways, according to a news release.
Aside from local activists, others from California and Louisiana also attended the Saturday tour. Louisiana activists have a vested interest because Formosa is seeking permits to build a plant in St. James Parish. Vietnamese-American activists also raised concerns about the suspected pollution Saturday.
Other groups included the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthworks, 350 New Orleans, Sierra Club, Rise St. James and Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Activists also plan to have a press conference before opening arguments, which start at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building, 312 S. Main St.
"Formosa must be held accountable for polluting our waterways with plastic over so many years. This company’s disregard for marine life, fisheries and coastal communities can’t go unpunished," said Alex Gutierrez, an oysterman familiar with plastic pollution in Lavaca Bay in a news release. "The rampant plastic pollution here is a warning to other communities considering approving these large plastics plants."