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Silent Coup: How Enbridge Is Quietly Cloning the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Steve Horn | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogWhile the debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has raged on for over half a deca...

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 Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill Into the Great Lake?

Steve Horn | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With a drinking water source for seven million people at stake, this "tar sands name game" is one with high stakes indeed.

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.

BP's Lake Michigan Oil Spill: More Mess and Less Transparency From the Refinery Chicagoans Love to Hate

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The week of the Exxon Valdez disaster anniversary and a week after the Council of Canadians released a report highlighting the threat that tar sands oil imposes on the Great Lakes, BP did what it always does: crapped up Lake Michigan.

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.

Oil Refinery Waste Polluting Chicago's Low-Income Neighborhoods

Posted 10.22.2013 | Chicago

Residents in several lower-income Chicago neighborhoods say a dirty oil byproduct from a nearby BP refinery is creating environmental and health hazar...

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.

US Reaches Pollution Settlement At BP Refinery

AP | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to install $400 million in new air pollution controls at its northwestern Indiana oil...

Michigan Oil Spill and World's Dirtiest Oil: Why Lie?

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Our region is the epicenter of refining for what has been called "the world's dirtiest oil." And you get a glimpse at how ugly the stuff is from the pipeline mess in Michigan.

BP: Come for the Gulf Disaster, Stay for the Great Lakes Pollution

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

British Petroleum didn't just fall out of the sky one day and decide to start polluting the Gulf of Mexico. Oh no, they've been at this a while and their exploits are not confined to destroying important ocean ecosystems with risky, unsafe technology.

BP Slapdown: EPA Really is Back on the Job!

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The EPA is back: it just weighed in on the controversial BP refinery expansion on Lake Michigan and issued an objection to the lax pollution permit that Indiana had lavished on the project.

Congressmen Press EPA To Investigate BP Pollution

Crain's Chicago Business | Lorene Yue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More than a dozen federal legislators from both sides of the aisle are calling upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to scrutinize pollution p...

BP Has a Deal it Hopes we Can't Refuse: Benzene Releases and Refinery Expansion Plans

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

BP seems to be proposing that to fix the current health-threatening pollution, they need to increase their refinery operations to refine even dirtier petroleum. Does that make any sense?