While the national media spotlight has been on the Keystone XL pipeline, another large tar sands crude oil pipeline scheme has significant implications for Wisconsin.
Citing concerns about public health, the National Nurses United union has joined local residents’ fight to get petcoke transportation and storage banned in Chicago.
Expanding proposals for more pipeline capacity by Enbridge, as well as plans to ship tar sands crude oil across Lake Superior and other Great Lakes, are astonishing in their sheer scale.
A trio of major pipeline projects proposed by Canadian fuel transporter Enbridge have been moving forward in Minnesota, mostly below the national radar.
VICE News has produced a 15-minute documentary on the controversy over storing petroleum coke on the banks of Chicago’s Calumet River.
Representatives of Illinois’s coal, oil and gas, chemical, shipping and other industries on Wednesday denounced Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed emergency rules regarding the storage of petcoke.
Neighborhood activists in Chicago were highly disturbed earlier this year when, on a boat trip to check out potential pollution sources, they saw towering mounds of fine, jet-black material lining the banks of the Calumet River.
A pipeline spill in Arkansas is reminiscent of 2010, when a similar spill into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River demonstrated that diluted bitumen spills are significantly more challenging to clean up than conventional crude.
Residents who live near pipelines and refineries already handling tar sands say their experiences raise red flags about Keystone XL; and they are also calling for increased regulatory scrutiny for existing tar sands pipelines and infrastructure.
Thanks to a settlement between BP and the EPA, neighbors of a northwest Indiana refinery will get real-time information on levels and types of pollution coming from the facility.