Enviro Politics- Midterm British Petroleum

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British Petroleum By: Emily Wade
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British Petroleum Project BP plans to expand the Whiting, Indiana Refinery which would increase the amount of ammonia and solid waste from the Refinery that is dumped into Lake Michigan Lake Michigan provides drinking water for more than 30 million Americans.
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Description of the Expansion Project British Petroleum is making an investment to expand the Whiting, Indiana Refinery. The project will cost approx $3 billion dollars and others think a high price for Lake Michigan as well. The Department of Environmental Management issued a permit for British Petroleum in a few weeks before the people heard about it and started protesting it “BP needed the permit to expand refining capacity and process an increasing amount of Canadian crude oil.”(JS online) With the permit: the amount of waste dumped into Lake Michigan increased from approx 3,600 lbs to 5,000lbs a day and the amount of ammonia increased by 54 % (~100 gallons NH3 to 1,500 gal NH3 per day)
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Description of the Expansion Project Environmentalists say that BP’s wastewater facility will not have the capability to clean the wastewater correctly before dumping into Lake Michigan The Clean Water Act has set a law that sets the maximum waste output Officials from Indiana and the EPA say that the amount of waste dumped into Lake Michigan is within the CWA’s law. Officials argue that BP’s expansion is not what is going to ruin Lake Michigan and they are not the only ones dumping into the lake "One of the defenses of BP was: What we're going to add to this lake is nothing compared to the pollution
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Social Impacts of the Project People and organizations have been protesting the expansion Lots of “negative press, local resident petitions, and congressional pressure against the dumping move.” “Alliance for the Great Lakes also filed a formal appeal in Indiana asking a state environmental judge to block the permit from taking effect.” Regulators are reconsidering the permit of how much toxic waste can be dumped into
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Economic Impacts of the Project
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