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Tar Sands Waste Piling Up in Detroit

20 May

by Ian Austen, Cross Posted from The New York Times

PILEWINDSOR, Ontario — Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other side of the Detroit River.

Detroit’s ever-growing black mountain is the unloved, unwanted and long overlooked byproduct of Canada’s oil sands boom.

And no one knows quite what to do about it, except Koch Carbon, which owns it.

The company is controlled by Charles and David Koch, wealthy industrialists who back a number of conservative and libertarian causes including activist groups that challenge the science behind climate change. The company sells the high-sulfur, high-carbon waste, usually overseas, where it is burned as fuel.

The coke comes from a refinery alongside the river owned by Marathon Petroleum, which has been there since 1930. But it began refining exports from the Canadian oil sands — and producing the waste that is sold to Koch — only in November.

“What is really, really disturbing to me is how some companies treat the city of Detroit as a dumping ground,” said Rashida Tlaib, the Michigan state representative for that part of Detroit. “Nobody knew this was going to happen.” Almost 56 percent of Canada’s oil production is from the petroleum-soaked oil sands of northern Alberta, more than 2,000 miles north.

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ELF prisoner Jesse Waters to be released soon

22 Aug

Jesse Waters

Send him a letter today!

Last fall, Jesse Waters—a man from the Detroit area—was sentenced in Grand Rapids for his role in an Earth Liberation Front (ELF) activities in the early 2000s (the same activities that got Marie Mason over 20 years in prison). According to the BOP, he is set to be out on September 5th. But its not too late to send him a letter welcoming him back to life outside.

His address is:

Jesse William Waters, #15854-040,
FCI Elkton, Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 10
Lisbon, OH 44432

In the most recent issue of Fifth Estate there is an article (Snitch Gets Reduced Term: Another Prison Sentence in Marie Mason Case”, Spring 2012) about the case by Waters’ Attorney. We’re happy to report that Waters took a non-cooperation plea agreement and has not participated in any briefings with the government nor will he assist them in any investigations into environmental activists.

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