Environmental activist goes on hunger strike in protest of dredging project, oil exportation

Environmental activist Diane Wilson sits in front of her truck Wednesday on the side of SH 35 in Point Comfort, where she started a hunger strike in protest of the Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project and Max Midstream Texas’ plans to export oil through the Calhoun Port Authority.

POINT COMFORT—Diane Wilson parked her truck on the side of SH 35 Wednesday morning with a large sign that read “Stop the dredging. Stop the oil export” in black, bold letters.

The longtime environmental activist hadn’t eaten for hours and said she doesn’t plan to anytime soon.

Environmental activist goes on hunger strike in protest of dredging project, oil exportation

Diane Wilson parked her truck on the side of SH 35 Wednesday, near a sign that warns of mercury contamination in Lavaca Bay. Wilson is on a hunger strike in an attempt to stop dredging of the Matagorda Ship Channel and oil exportation through the Calhoun Port Authority.

Environmental activist goes on hunger strike in protest of dredging project, oil exportation

Environmental activist Diane Wilson stands in front of her truck Wednesday on the side of SH 35 in Point Comfort. She started a hunger strike in protest of the Matagorda Ship Channel Improvement Project and Max Midstream Texas' plans to export oil through the Calhoun Port Authority.

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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"I am a Houston native and 5th generation Texan, with a degree in journalism and minor in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. I care deeply about public interests and the community I serve.”

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Glenn Wilson

There's way too much money involved here for the responsible parties to cancel their plans because of a lady starving herself on the beach. Her action may be admirable or not, but IMO it won't accomplish anything useful, and there are far more pleasant ways to lose weight. I am curious though whether she'll literally starve herself to death rather than give it up. Not likely the Advocate will follow up and let us know.

Rick Dockery

Protesting oil in Texas. Hmmm

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