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Joseph Erbentraut

A Group Of Activists Is Using Balloons To Keep Tabs On The Environment

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green

An idea sparked in the aftermath of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history gave way to a community dedicated to democratizing environmental acti...

Joseph Erbentraut

How One Community Is Kicking The Koch Brothers' Harmful Black Dust Out Of Their Neighborhood

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green

It’s not easy to take on a wealthy, multi-national corporation and win. Especially for residents of Chicago’s struggling southeast side. But th...

Petcoke Pushback: Chicago Denies Enclosure Delay Request

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.19.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Good on the City of Chicago. They are sticking to their guns on the petcoke issue as witnessed by the decision to deny a request from the petcoke pilers at KCBX to delay covering their mounds of petroleum waste on the Southeast Side.

Protecting the Southeast Side and All of Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Just think, what the Southeast Side of Chicago look like if not for the Southeast Environmental Task Force's advocacy and leadership?

Koch Brothers Face Lawsuit Over Chicago's Toxic Black Dust

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green

Environmentalists are planning to take billionaires Charles and David Koch to court, alleging the brothers' companies are responsible for polluting Ch...

Chicago Has The Koch Brothers To Thank For Its Toxic Black Dust Problem

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.03.2014 | Green

In what environmentalists in Chicago are calling a "shameful switcheroo," it appears Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have had a change of heart when it...

City Vows To Take On Dangerous Black Dust -- But There's A Catch

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green

Chicago appears set to take another big step in its crackdown against petroleum coke, or "petcoke," though it has thus far refused to ban the mostly-c...

Petcoke Blight Tells Bigger Story About Chicago's Waterways

Henry Henderson | Posted 03.12.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The landscape along Chicago's waterways has been headed for some kind of change long before the petcoke started piling up in mini-mountains.

Petcoke Piles: We Should All Stand Up for Chicago's Southeast Side

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The issue of petcoke is just beginning to make itself known. Part of the expansion of the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana to take Canadian tar sands is the addition of the world’s second largest coker.

Petcoke Piles on the Calumet: Chicago's Newest Tar Sands Blight

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Lots and lots and lots of petcoke, a coal-like waste product that comes in high volumes from tar sands refining, is being dumped in massive piles near homes on Chicago's southeast side.