19 Aug

Say No To BP


Environment Illinois last week presented BP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials with more than 70,000 thousand signatures from Great Lakes region residents demanding a halt to BP’s unprecedented expansion of pollution into Lake Michigan.

“This is the swiftest and strongest support we’ve received for a petition drive,” said Max Muller, environmental advocate at Environment Illinois. “”I think people are motivated by BP’s hypocrisy.” said Muller “How can a $216 billion company which claims to be the most environmentally responsible firm in its field think it can get away with this? Shouldn’t the company that is ‘Beyond Petroleum’ also be beyond polluting our waters?”

Today’s petition has garnered more than 70,000 supporters so far. 12,000 people have also signed a boycott pledge to BP which reads: “I’m going to buy gas somewhere else today, and every day until you agree to avoid any increase in pollution into Lake Michigan.”

The petitions are in response to a pollution discharge permit granted in June by Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The new permit will allow BP’s oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana to increase its discharge of ammonia to 1500 pounds and sludge particles to nearly 5,000 pounds every day into Lake Michigan.

A way to keep up the heat is to sign the ‘No BP Gas Pledge’ today and tell BP that as long as they’re still planning to dump more toxic chemicals into our lake, you won’t be buying their gas.

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