Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Michigan LCV: No more Petcoke in Detroit

From Michigan League of Conservation Voters' Political Week in Review
Posted Aug. 19, 2013

Last week, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing joined Michigan LCV members in taking action on petroleum coke piling high along the Detroit River. Bing ordered all petcoke to be removed from the city by August 27th. His decision affirms calls for cleanup from local leaders like State Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), and concerns from US Congressman Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) that no long-term studies on petcoke’s impact have been completed.

Thousands of Michigan LCV members signed on to stand with both Peters and Tlaib since petcoke piles showed up in Detroit, and now both legislators have hard copies of your signatures. On Friday, Michigan LCV met with Representative Tlaib in her Detroit office just around the corner from remaining petcoke piles, to deliver a list of Michiganders from all over the state who support her continual pressure for cleanup. To see the petition delivery, follow our brand new Instagram account (MichiganLCV), or check out our
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Click here to read more articles from Michigan LCV's Political Week in Review.

Editor's Note: Read about petcoke and watch a video of Detroit activist Jarret Schlaff of DCATS (Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands) speaking about citizens' protests against petcoke pollution in their neighborhood in Keweenaw Now's July 22 article, "Videos, photos: 'Oil and Water Don't Mix' rally draws hundreds concerned about Great Lakes."

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