Global Climate Convergence Chicago rally after Recent BP Oil Spill into Lake Michigan

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Global Climate Convergence Chicago staged an Emergency Rally in Response to BP Oil Spill in Lake Michigan on Friday.

The group made the following statement (see media coverage below):

Monday afternoon, an estimated 500 gallons of oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, leaked into Lake Michigan, poisoning the source of drinking water for 7 million people in and around Chicago.

The BP Refinery on the lake’s shore has admitted responsibility, but has yet to take action to ensure the safety of our drinking water and ecosystem.

An emergency action has been called by the Global Climate Convergence (GCC) to demand that BP be held accountable.

The GCC, in conjunction with multiple environmental organizations, issues the following demands:

1. The EPA immediately begins testing our water to ensure that it is safe to drink, and publishes their findings.

2. BP is returned to the federal no contract list – which they were removed from only THIS month following their contamination of the Gulf Coast – so that public money does not fund their damage to the ecosystem.

3. BP may no longer divert resources from the public – eg the use of contracted police officers to prevent citizens from entering the land that has been contaminated- to shield themselves from warranted investigation.

4. The city of Chicago becomes a green-energy leader by shifting our energy sources to 100% renewables-based.

We believe that this is only the first of many oil spills to come, following the recently initiated processing of tar sands oil, unless we take a stand against such careless corporations.

Join us to defend our planet, our communities, and our water.

CBS 2 News at 5:00 PM

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ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 5:00 PM

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NBC 5 Chicago News at 5:00 PM

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ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 6:00 PM

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FOX Chicago News at Nine

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~ The Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit is an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring, with “10 days to change course,” running from Earth Day to May Day. It provides coordinated action and collaboration across fronts of struggle and national borders to harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements.

~ The Green Shadow Cabinet was a founding endorser of the Convergence.


Another oil spill at Yellowstone, so what’s really going on?

Alright we have another oil spill in the Yellowstone area which begs the question whats going on with seismic activity in the area? The article below talks about problems resulting from  land shifting,  this looks like something we need to watch for further developments.

Enviroment Pollution in USA on Tuesday, 19 July, 2011 at 03:01 (03:01 AM) UTC.

A new oil spill involving hundreds of gallons of crude has been discovered in Montana 350 miles from where cleanup crews are mopping up a larger one on the Yellowstone River. The amount spilled at the FX Drilling Co. oil field in a remote corner of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation appears to be much less than the estimated 42,000 gallons that emptied into the Yellowstone River earlier this month. But the northwestern Montana spill comes at a time when all pipeline and oil operations in the state are under scrutiny as a result of the larger Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline break. Andy Pierce, vice president of FX Energy Inc., the Salt Lake-based parent company of FX Drilling, estimated that between 10 to 15 barrels, or 420 to 630 gallons, leaked from a broken line as a result of the earth shifting during flooding in the area. Indian Country Environmental Associates, the organization heading the cleanup, put the amount between 15 and 20 barrels, or up to 840 gallons. The broken flow line between two oil wells may have been leaking for 10 to 14 days before a neighboring landowner reported it last Tuesday. “You get flow line leaks from time to time, but they generally get spotted right away,” Pierce said. “The reason this went on as long as it did is because the surface is tough to get around on right now.” A response crew hired by the tribe and paid for by the oil company is cleaning up the oil that has flowed nearly a mile down a ravine to where the Cut Bank Creek runs. Pierce said he doesn’t believe oil contaminated the creek, which connects to the Marias River, but the head of the cleanup crew said that at least some crude escaped to the water.

Gabe Renville, the senior environmental scientist for Indian Country Environmental Associates, said whatever oil made it to Cut Bank Creek has washed away and there are no visible signs of the spill on the shoreline. A 4-foot berm was built where the coulee meets the Cut Bank Creek and a 50-foot boom skirt with liner has been looped around the area to prevent any further contamination, his agency said. Oil has coated the soil and vegetation in and around the ravine, and there are 11 standing pools of water slicked with oil. The coulee is steep and treacherous, with rattlesnakes and scorpions hiding under rocks. The dozen workers are unable to get any heavy equipment into the area to carry the oil out, meaning the excavating and transport has to be done by hand and all-terrain vehicles, Renville said. “When you first look, you wonder how you’re going to get it out of the coulee,” Renville said. “One thing’s for certain, we’ll get it out.” There has been no public notice of the leak since it was discovered July 12. A response plan by Renville’s organization said a meeting between the tribe, the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal Bureau of Land Management was held the next day. The state of Montana was not notified until Friday, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality. Because the spill happened on tribal land, the state has no jurisdiction, DEQ spokeswoman Lisa Peterson said. EPA spokeswoman Wendy Thomi referred calls to the agency’s Helena office, where messages weren’t immediately returned. A message left with the Blackfeet tribe’s environmental department also wasn’t immediately returned.

Most of FX Energy’s operations are concentrated on natural gas exploration and production in Poland, but the company says on its website that 94 percent of its total oil production comes from the 10,000-acre Cut Bank field. Some 350 miles away in south-central Montana, workers removed about 100 barrels of oil from the broken Exxon Mobil pipeline in the Yellowstone River and EPA officials say they believe the pipe no longer poses a threat to releasing any more oil.

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant

April 5, 2011

NY Times


United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Among the new threats that were cited in the assessment, dated March 26, are the mounting stresses placed on the containment structures as they fill with radioactive cooling water, making them more vulnerable to rupture in one of the aftershocks rattling the site after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. The document also cites the possibility of explosions inside the containment structures due to the release of hydrogen and oxygen from seawater pumped into the reactors, and offers new details on how semimolten fuel rods and salt buildup are impeding the flow of fresh water meant to cool the nuclear cores.

In recent days, workers have grappled with several side effects of the emergency measures taken to keep nuclear fuel at the plant from overheating, including leaks of radioactive water at the site and radiation burns to workers who step into the water. The assessment, as well as interviews with officials familiar with it, points to a new panoply of complex challenges that water creates for the safety of workers and the recovery and long-term stability of the reactors.

While the assessment does not speculate on the likelihood of new explosions or damage from an aftershock, either could lead to a breach of the containment structures in one or more of the crippled reactors, the last barriers that prevent a much more serious release of radiation from the nuclear core. If the fuel continues to heat and melt because of ineffective cooling, some nuclear experts say, that could also leave a radioactive mass that could stay molten for an extended period.

The document, which was obtained by The New York Times, provides a more detailed technical assessment than Japanese officials have provided of the conundrum facing the Japanese as they struggle to prevent more fuel from melting at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. But it appears to rely largely on data shared with American experts by the Japanese.

Among other problems, the document raises new questions about whether pouring water on nuclear fuel in the absence of functioning cooling systems can be sustained indefinitely. Experts have said the Japanese need to continue to keep the fuel cool for many months until the plant can be stabilized, but there is growing awareness that the risks of pumping water on the fuel present a whole new category of challenges that the nuclear industry is only beginning to comprehend.

The document also suggests that fragments or particles of nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools above the reactors were blown “up to one mile from the units,” and that pieces of highly radioactive material fell between two units and had to be “bulldozed over,” presumably to protect workers at the site. The ejection of nuclear material, which may have occurred during one of the earlier hydrogen explosions, may indicate more extensive damage to the extremely radioactive pools than previously disclosed.

David A. Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who worked on the kinds of General Electric reactors used in Japan and now directs the nuclear safety project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that the welter of problems revealed in the document at three separate reactors made a successful outcome even more uncertain.

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