A Caribbean island bet its future on petrochemicals. Then oil rained down on homes.

St. Croix, VI - March 18: The Limetree Bay refinery is seen from above in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Thursday, March 18, 2021. The refinery is under investigation by the EPA after a Feb. 4 flare that spewed oil droplets over nearby homes contaminating at least 63 cisterns with petroleum. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

St. Croix, a majority Black community in the Caribbean, is weighing its economic future against the health and environmental impacts of betting big on oil.

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