Friday, July 27, 2007

US Congress Opposes BP Refinery Plan

This article was in the Detroit Free Press....

House says BP can't dump more pollutants

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly this afternoon to send a strong message opposing expansion plans by BP to dump more pollutants into Lake Michigan as part of its oil refinery expansion.

BP does not plan to delay the expansion of its refinery at Whiting, Ind., where the extra pollution would occur, but after a meeting between BP’s chairman and members of Congress from Great Lakes states, the company promised to continue a dialogue with the legislators and to review its options, said Scott Dean, spokesman for BP in Chicago....

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The following article was in the Detroit News

BP lake discharges under fire
Lawmakers oppose company's plan to boost dumping of pollutants into Lake Michigan.

Deb Price And Gary Heinlein / The Detroit News

WASHINGTON -- Oil giant BP ran into fierce resistance Tuesday in Congress over its plan to dramatically increase daily discharges of ammonia and other pollutants from its Whiting, Ind., refinery into Lake Michigan.

"This is crazy. This is nuts," U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, said during House debate on a resolution to condemn BP's plan and urge the federal Environmental Protection Agency to stop it.

Miller said the decision by Indiana and federal authorities to permit BP to dump more pollutants into Lake Michigan "marks a huge step backwards in our efforts to keep our Great Lakes clean."

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1 comment:

phikapbob said...

Perhaps the only 15-0 unanimous vote we'll ever get from our Michigan delegation? Four legislators from Indiana voted against the measure, as did John Boehner of Ohio. Other 'no' votes came largely from Texas and Arizona.