Friday, July 20, 2007

Chicago Battles BP Refinery Over Lake Michigan Pollution

from the Chicago Tribune, July 19, 2007

The City of Chicago joined the fight Wednesday to stop the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind., from dumping significantly more ammonia and industrial sludge into Lake Michigan.

City administrators said they hope to meet with BP officials next week. They've hired a consultant to review the water permit granted by Indiana regulators that will allow BP, one of the largest polluters along the Great Lakes, to dump 54 percent more ammonia and 35 percent more sludge into Lake Michigan each day.

The word is out thanks to the Tribune. Let's continue to blog the boycott of BP and spread the word until they agree to stop polluting Lake Michigan. This is a winnable fight, BP is already on the defensive due to the public outcry being generated by the Tribune articles.

The Merriville Post-Tribune is running an article entitled BP Defends Permit.

This is the power of the internet kids. Let's crush them.

More to come.


Rob Sisson said...

Unbelievable! With all of the news about the threats to the Great Lakes...the largest store of freshwater in the world..and Indiana says, "Go ahead and pollute." I guess in Indianapolis, they drink Ohio River water and figure the ammonia and sludge will work its way around the Mitt and land on Cleveland's harm to Hoosiers.

We must have a unified body that governs the lakes and makes this type of unilateral abuse impossible.

Rob Sisson
Republicans for Environmental Protection

Jerome Alicki said...

I hate to say that I actually agree with a Republican, but in this case Mr. Sisson is correct.
I find it hard to believe that this was done without the input of the International Joint Commission, or at least some discussion with the Canadian government. The Council of Great Lakes Governors should be informed of these types of decisions, and they should be allowed input.

The Indiana state government's argument that this is silt and not sludge is ridiculous, all suspended particles eventually settle to the bottom. Anyone who's taken Geology 101 can tell you that this is the nature of silt, it forms sedimentary layers over time. Silt containing petroleum distillates and heavy metals is going to sink and turn to a layer of sludge.

How are they going to dredge the toxic shit off the bottom of the lake in a few decades or maybe even a century from now? Who's going to make that decision and how much do they think it will cost then?

Yale Bloor said...

Boycott BP! I am right on that action, and while we are at it maybe time to kick Indiana out of the Great Lakes Pac, Indiana's Gov. Mitch Daniels must have been in Dick Cheney's boy scout troop......Its not fun enough for them to screw up the middle east now its time for the midwest..election year can't come soon enough, thanks Black Bear for fighting the good fight.

Jerome Alicki said...

I will humbly say "You're welcome," but I'm just doing what I think is right Yale. I gotta keep the bastards from being bastardy.

Jer Bear

Anonymous said...

I am greatly disturbed by this issue and question, how can it be up to only Indiana to grant such permission? How many states touch the Great Lakes and how many others might be affected by their further pollution? It is unthinkable that Indiana could do this to all of us with the only possible recourse being to boycott the company? I've been searching online, and this is the best information I can find? I'm scared! I already drink only purified water, but we live in a Lake Michigan community and attend one of the nation's top 10 beaches (hello! Do I need to repeat that? The Nation's!) regularly. I just can't believe this is happening and I wish I could do something more. --Dismayed in Michigan

Anonymous said...

Obviously this is ridiculous!!! I cannot believe that they are arguing on how much polution is aceptable. There should be NO polution at all allowed. BOYCOTT BP!!!