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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.

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.

Feds Step Up Hunt For Asian Carp Near Chicago

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 09.29.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Federal officials announced Friday that they will begin intensive monitoring of waterways near Lake Michigan next week after genetic m...

Water Samples Reveal Asian Carp DNA Near Lake Michigan

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 09.21.2011 | Green

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Two more samples taken from a waterway near Lake Michigan contained genetic material from invasive Asian carp, the U.S. A...