As U.S. Expands CO2 Pipelines, One Poisoned Town Tells Its Story

"SATARTIA, Miss. – On Feb. 22, 2020, a clear Saturday after weeks of rain, Deemmeris Debra'e Burns, his brother and cousin decided to go fishing. They were headed home in a red Cadillac when they heard a boom and saw a big white cloud shooting into the evening sky.

Burns' first thought was a pipeline explosion. He didn't know what was filling the air, but he called his mom, Thelma Brown, to warn her to get inside. He told her he was coming.

Brown gathered her young grandchild and great-grandchildren she was watching, took them into her back bedroom, and got under the quilt with them. And waited.

"They didn't come," Brown says. "Ten minutes. I knew they would've been here in five minutes, but they didn't come.""

Julia Simon reports for NPR May 21, 2023.

Source: NPR, 05/22/2023