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BP’s new tar sands refinery spills crude oil into Lake Michigan

CHICAGO — A new unit at BP’s Whiting facilities used to process Canadian tar sands oil into gasoline and other fuels spilled an unknown amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan Monday, just a few miles from an intake at one of Chicago’s municipal water plants. Neither BP officials nor government regulators have been able to determine yet how the spill occurred or how much damage it has caused. Workers at the tar sands refinery, which BP built as the centerpiece of a $4-billion overhaul of the Whiting refinery less than a year ago, discovered an oil slick on the ... Read More

BP using Lake Michigan as refinery waste dump

BP is emptying dangerous levels of ammonia, mercury, and factory sludge that contains other toxic heavy metals into Lake Michigan, thanks to Indiana politicians and regulators who have practically given the oil giant and its massive Whiting refinery, the seventh-largest in the nation, a carte blanche on waste dumping. According to the Chicago Tribune, BP vowed six years ago to develop “cutting-edge technology that could sharply reduce toxic mercury discharged into Lake Michigan” at its Whiting refinery, about 20 miles southeast of Chicago across the Illinois-Indiana border. BP promised to clean up its act when it faced mounting public outrage, ... Read More

New website monitors how corporations, lobbyists are eroding our Constitutional rights

Alarmed by the corporate lobby’s aggressive efforts to undermine the U.S. civil justice system, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) has launched a new website and blog called Take Justice Back. The aim of the website is to keep U.S. citizens informed about how their rights and protections, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, are being eroded by powerful corporations and lobbying groups trying to escape accountability. Armed with hundreds of millions of dollars, these corporate interests have infiltrated Congress and are using their financial might “scheming up ways to avoid accountability when they hurt someone,” the AAJ says. The “Tort ... Read More

Big Pharma earns 77,500-percent return on lobbying investments, at taxpayers’ expense

Until November 2010, an opioid painkiller called Darvocet (Dextropropoxyphene) had been prescribed to millions of people since the 1950s, despite its known risks for overdose and heart arrhythmia. It remained on the market for decades, despite multiple attempts by safety groups to ban it. Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug Chantix is aggressively advertised and widely prescribed in the U.S., even though it consistently lands on lists of the most dangerous drugs in the U.S. and receives the FDA strongest possible warnings. DePuy Orthodpaedics manufactures an all-metal hip implant system that scores of patients blame for serious injuries stemming from the device’s early ... Read More

government pushes pool industry to step up safety awareness

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that it formed a “strategic partnership” with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) in an effort to drive down the number of swimming pool-related deaths and injuries that occur every year, especially to children. The CPSC announced the partnership at the International Pool, Spa, & Patio Expo in Las Vegas. According to Kathleen Reilly, CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign director, the purpose of the alliance is to develop and implement a public safety campaign that it hopes will keep children away from faultily installed or defective drain covers and raise awareness of ... Read More

Is the Gulf oil leak the result of deliberate negligence?

With more than 700 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico sucking fuel from the beneath the sea bed, many people might think it was just a matter of time before something catastrophic happened. Something like a blowout from a riser pipe a mile below the surface and a resulting gush of oil that can’t be stopped for weeks. Considering the astonishing number of offshore oil platforms along our southern coastline, you might think that safety would come first and that oil companies would put enough redundant systems in place to make a disaster such as the Deepwater Horizon accident ... Read More