Voice of the People
Our Congressman Pete Visclosky has been able to procure $45 million of
taxpayers money to help pay for the cleanup of some of our lakefront and
waterways. The cleanup of our industrial past is long overdue and I applaud
the Congressman for his efforts.
However, while he is working to correct the sins of the past, our state is
allowing another industrial giant to pollute our fresh water supply.
This week we find that ringmaster Daniels and his circus clowns at I.D.E.M.
are not just allowing B.P. to continue with the polluting our lake, but are
actually allowing them to increase the amount they can dump into the lake
each day! It seems like the taxpayers are paying B.P. to poison us.
If you ask anyone who has worked at B.P., they will tell you that their waste
water treatment facility is antiquated and inadequate. The smallest amount of
rainfall causes major problems for them. Toxic releases into the lake are
The B.P. refinery in Whiting is planning a $3.6 billion expansion to process
Canadian sandy crude oil. This is a lot of money. Remember though, this
company has been making record profits, as high as many $ billions, each
quarter for the last few years. Their $3.6 billion dollar expansion does not
include improving the water treatment plant.
The expansion will mean hundreds of construction jobs, a bigger tax base and
80 permanent jobs. These are all good things, but at what cost? I believe
that if they are willing to invest that kind of money in the Whiting
refinery, they should be made to expand and improve their pollution controls.
They need to be polluting less not more.
Unless we are willing to learn to drink gasoline and water our gardens in
Canadian crude, we must demand of our representatives to pull the permit on
this expansion until B.P. can control the amount of pollutants they dump into
Contact your representatives, call the Statehouse or I.D.E.M.
There is only ONE Lake Michigan. Donít allow B.P. to poison it.