August 5, 2013
Detroit’s petroleum coke piles may be getting smaller, but concerns about their environmental and public health impacts have not gone anywhere. Last week, video footage of a dark cloud of Detroit petcoke dust hovering over Windsor stirred up more calls for clean-up, and a temporary halt to petcoke deliveries on the part of the storage company was an encouraging sign. While tightened regulations and permitting for storing the dirty oil waste are in the works, there are no guarantees .
A poster at the MICATS/DCATS booth at the July 14, 2013, "Oil and Water Don't Mix" rally at the Mackinac Bridge explains the Petcoke process. Click on photo for larger
version. See also the MICATS (Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands) Web site for more information.
Detroit Bulk Storage will stop adding to the petcoke piles for good. Thankfully, State Representative Rashida Tlaib (D - Detroit) has taken the lead on addressing the hazards that petcoke piles pose to our clean water and Detroiters’ health. To continue making progress on petcoke, we want to make sure Rep. Tlaib knows we support her work and we have her back. Add your name to the list of Michiganders who thank Rep. Tlaib for her local leadership and action toward cleaning up petcoke piles.
Click here to sign today.
See more articles on Michigan LCV's Aug. 5, 2013, Political Week in Review.
UPDATE: Click here to see a video clip of petcoke dust.