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BP Increasing Pollution into Lake Michigan

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:05 pm
by rich
Hello Everyone,

In case you haven't heard by now, BP, one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world is increasing the amount of pollution they are emitting into Lake Michigan. I'm not an expert on pollution disposal but common sense indicates it would be more environmentally friendly to condense the pollution and store it off. Instead, they are taking the cheap and easy way out. They will simply just dump the increased ammonia and other "suspended solids" from their processing of Canadian crude oil into our drinking supply, Lake Michigan. If you don't know what effect ammonia has on the environment see the following link, where a hog farm spill on the South Branch of the Kishwaukee River killed all aquatic life downstream of the spill (http://www.dekalbcounty-il.com/fishkill.html)

This from a company that just last year had net profits of over $21 Billion (http://finance.yahoo.com/q/is?s=BP&annual). Surely they can cover the cost of properly disposing of this manufacturing waste that they are producing.

Again, this is our drinking water they are contaminating. They have admitted on their own website, that they are dumping micron sized suspended solids for which they state, "no technology exists to totally remove them from treated waste water". So, how are they expecting this to be removed from our drinking water if no technology exists to remove it?
http://whiting.bp.com/go/doc/1550/165356/

They seem to justify this by saying that American crude oil which is easier to process has been declining. So they are now forced to refine a more difficult Canadian crude. As repayment for this service and for the increase in jobs at their facility, Indiana has allowed them to increase their pollution of Lake Michigan.

At the link below you can find more details and links to a petition opposing BPs decisions.
https://www.environmentillinois.org/newsroom/clean-water-news/clean-water-news/12000-call-on-bp-to-halt-planned-dumping

CASKA is also trying to figure out a way to protest this decision, possibly with a floatilla of kayaks at the Whiting, Indiana facility on Lake Michigan or possibly a local event in Chicago.
http://caskaorg.typepad.com/caska/2007/07/call-to-action-.html

-Rich

Re: BP Increasing Pollution into Lake Michigan

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:24 am
by bikejournal
I heard on the news today that an Illinois politician (don't remember who) was going to lobby that Illinois government stops using BP gas for state-owned vehicles as a protest to their increased dumping. They were also calling on Wisconsin and Michigan to get involved.

Re: BP Increasing Pollution into Lake Michigan

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:25 pm
by rich
Great News!!! Thanks to all the protests/emails/petitions BP has decided not to increase pollution into Lake Michigan.

I've heard there are other companies polluting even worse than what BP was expected to do (paper mills in chicago?), if anyone knows about this please post details

-Rich