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Lake Michigan Is in Serious Trouble, and We Need Your Help to Save It. Stop BP

Environment  (tags: Pollution, Lake, Oil, Refinery, energy, ecology, wildlife, nature, protection, conservation, lakes, lake )

- 4072 days ago -
British Petroleum has announced plans to dump up to 1,584 pounds of ammonia and 4,925 pounds of industrial solids into Lake Michigan every single day from a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana -- a massive setback to decades of work to clean up the lake.


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Past Member (0)
Friday August 24, 2007, 3:36 am
This is the time to scream, yell and rant!!!!!!!!

GROW TREES...............................

Ramona Gehl (141)
Friday August 24, 2007, 3:42 am
Noted and signed! Thanx Michelle

RC deWinter (418)
Friday August 24, 2007, 5:57 am
I can't beiieve this isn't illegal. SIGNED.

Charles C (160)
Friday August 24, 2007, 5:59 am
Just received this in a message:

In just a few weeks, you and more than 50,000 other concerned citizens stood up for the Great Lakes by signing our online petition, telling BP to stop their plans to dump more toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan.

Clearly, BP heard your message.

On Thursday, CEO Bob Malone announced that BP was reversing its decision to increase dumping in Lake Michigan. This is a watershed moment for the Great Lakes and for all of us who have fought to protect and preserve Lake Michigan.

Thanks so much for helping us stop BP's plan to increase dumping in the Great Lakes!

Truth be told, when we launched our radio ads early this month -- urging listeners to sign our "Protect Our Lake" petition -- we never expected such a tremendous response. We've truly been overwhelmed by the response from you and 50,000 more people who share our concern for Lake Michigan.

In addition to supplying over 30 million Americans with drinking water, the Great Lakes feed rivers that flow throughout the continent and eventually to the sea. BP's plans to expand dumping into Lake Michigan affected us all, which is why so many of us took action and spoke out.

Increasing America's refining capacity to cost-effectively produce oil and gas is critical to keeping fuel costs low -- as is increasing our efforts to seek alternative energy sources that diminish our country's reliance on foreign oil.

But BP finally figured out what we had said all along -- economic development and protecting our environment can go hand in hand.

There is still more work to be done. The duty remains in our hands to ensure BP fulfills their promise. We must continue to fight to not just protect the Lakes, but also to improve their environmental health. While we keep working with our colleagues in Washington to restore the Great Lakes we need you to continue to join us in our fight.

Today we saw that real change is possible, and the agent of change was you. Thank you for your dedication to making sure that our Lakes are protected for future generations.


Elena P (549)
Friday August 24, 2007, 6:34 am
I can't beleieve it isn't illegal either.

Barry Seth (118)
Friday August 24, 2007, 8:25 am
What I can't believe is that the state of Indiana AND the U.S. EPA gave BP the permit for this project. The EPA changed the clean water standard inorder to meet the permit. Isn't that, like, backwards?

It was nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together in Congress for a change to block this project.

Eduardo L (101)
Friday August 24, 2007, 12:08 pm
Noted and signed, thanks, Michelle! These lakes have been heavily contaminated for decades, and I wouldn't let them to do more harm to our environment.

Kevin L (13)
Friday August 24, 2007, 12:11 pm
So glad that the concerned, caring community stepped up and made a significant difference towards beginning to better protect the Great Lakes.


Past Member (0)
Friday August 24, 2007, 12:14 pm

Roseann d (178)
Friday August 24, 2007, 12:59 pm
Who says intellectually challenged people don't run corporations? Send to everyone living around the parameters of Lake Mich.

Daniel Barker (35)
Friday August 24, 2007, 1:17 pm
Boycott BP! Boycott oil! Now is the time to end our dependence on petroleum. Brazil gets her fuel from sugar cane. Surely if we can put a man on the Moon we can solve our energy problem. Buy energy from wind, solar and geothermal.

We can all do our part. Buy a hybrid. Eat vegetarian and save massive amounts of energy. And I am making the ulitmate sacrifice - I have decided to have one child and adopt. (Do not buy an electric car - we are getting electricity from coal, which is not the answer!)

I am planning a trip around the Great Lakes. I do not want my voyage spoiled by corporate greed.

Karin Simpson (2)
Friday August 24, 2007, 1:20 pm
noted and signed petition and sent it on to all my friends in Michigan.

Karin Simpson (2)
Friday August 24, 2007, 1:20 pm
noted and signed petition and sent it on to all my friends in Michigan.

Tim Redfern (581)
Friday August 24, 2007, 1:40 pm
Thank you, Michelle! signed and noted.
And thank YOU, Charles, for sharing that great news! Some people think petitions really don't do much good, but that's just not true, and Charles has given us proof!

Past Member (0)
Friday August 24, 2007, 1:52 pm

GROW TREES........................

Sheila K (127)
Friday August 24, 2007, 2:06 pm
Signed....Chicago is my hometown...and I remember when I used to swim in the lake it was so dirty it was unreal...we don't need anymore waters polluted...thanks Michelle...

Lora Adamsk (0)
Friday August 24, 2007, 3:39 pm
Is BP OUT OF THEIR MIND???? This company can't think of a safe way to dispose of poison? This makes me sick. I thought they were one of the few environmentally conscious companies. What a mistake.

Charles C (160)
Friday August 24, 2007, 8:09 pm
Sorry that I did not state above that the petition will still be active, even though they have been stopped for now.
My apologies Michi, I was just so happy to get the news that they were stopped and to share it.
Keep on signing, the more signatures, the stronger the petition......over 3000 more signatures since the release of the good news.
Thanks for the post Michi, good job!!

Don Peters (0)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 4:08 am
Noted and signed.

Terry Jo C (8)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 10:04 am
Noted and signed.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 2:17 am
Damn this is so wrong, i live like 20 mins away from Lake Michigan , that is where chicago people get our water from , and where our beaches are at....

Past Member (0)
Friday December 7, 2012, 1:22 pm
Wow, wish I had found this years ago
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