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Blockade of Chicago Petcoke Facility Calls for Green Jobs Instead of Toxic Fossil Fuels

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.16.2016 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Seven community members and concerned citizens are blockading entrances to the Koch Carbon Transfer Terminal (KCBX) on Chicago's Southeast side.

Durbin and Kelly: Petcoke Is Everyone's Problem, Not Just Chicago and Detroit

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.26.2016 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Like every protracted campaign, the battle to defeat the blight of petcoke on Chicago's Southeast Side has had good and bad days. Especially for the neighborhood where the petcoke is dumped.

Joseph Erbentraut

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

5-Year Journey: One Blog

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

While it is critical that we reduce the number of tobacco users in Chicago, addressing this challenge alone will only get us so far. It is just as important to encourage all residents to adopt healthier lifestyles across the board.

Petcoke on Our Parkways? The Crudification of Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The company holding massive mounds of petcoke at the edge of homes, schools and parks on the Southeast Side of Chicago has been looking for a little help from the city -- seeking looser enforcement of the laws put in place after neighbors in the area revolted over clouds of dust.

Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export? Probably. Follow the Oiltanking.

Steve Horn | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and supporter U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) both stood on the Senate floor and said Keystone XL is not an export pipeline in the minutes leading up to the bill's failure.

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?

Kate Sheppard

Senate Candidate Gary Peters To Kochs: Come At Me, Bros | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- Conservative operatives backed by the Koch brothers aren't very big fans of Rep. Gary Peters. But that's OK, because he's not a big fan of ...

Emissions Without Borders: The Problem With Greenhouse Gas

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

We can fence national boundaries with concrete and barbed wire, but unseen CO2 emissions are released into a border-less atmosphere. Right now, we are on track to triple these emissions by century's end.

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...

Chicago Petcoke: Alderman's Shameful Switcheroo Undercuts His Neighbors, the Mayor and the Entire City

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Pope's move yesterday seems designed to revive the project that neighbors were loudly opposing. And by courting companies like Leucadia, this ordinance would be like setting out a welcome mat for more petcoke.

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.

Mayor Emanuel Says Petcoke Is Not OK (Corral)

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Despite all the strong words from officials, none of the policies offered up in response to the sorry situation have actually threatened to wipe the petcoke piles away.

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...

Company Fights Detroit Petcoke Ban

The Huffington Post | Ashley Woods | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green

A video last year showing billowing black clouds blowing across the Detroit River incited local outrage -- and drew international attention to an unpe...

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.

Piles of Petcoke Choking Detroit

Molly Rauch | Posted 11.03.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

It wasn't so much the abandoned houses, boarded up with plywood, hollowed out by fires, roofs caving in, yards going wild. Instead it was the gleaming, shiny maze of pipes, tanks, smokestacks, flares, fences, and walls of the Marathon Petroleum Company that weighed on my heart -- and lungs.

WATCH: Is This Huge Black Cloud Of 'Pet Coke' Really Safe?

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 07.31.2013 | Green

A newly surfaced video showing a large black cloud of petroleum coke, also known as "pet coke," blowing across the Detroit River is adding to concerns...

Tar Sands Coal Export Boom: Petcoke Exports Second Highest Ever in April

Steve Horn | Posted 09.02.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Although no coal production is actually taking place here, a filthy fuel with even more severe climate impacts than coal is leaving port bound for foreign power plants.

Researcher: Serious Concerns' About Pet Coke Piles

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 05.24.2013 | Detroit

Concerned about possible risks associated with growing mounds of a petroleum waste product piling up along the Detroit River, State Representative Ras...

Louisiana Coal Hubs Ignite Human Health and Coastal Restoration Concerns

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.02.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Armstrong Energy in Missouri hopes to open a company-backed RAM coal terminal in Alliance, La. on the west bank of the lower Mississippi River in 2014. But residents of Ironton, located just south of RAM's site, say they don't want their air quality to get any worse than it is now.