Pollution Fight Pits Illinois vs. BP, Indiana
Upgrade of Oil Refinery Would Discharge More Pollutants Into Lake Michigan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 23, 2007; A11
(Wikipedia) BP was named one of the “ten worst corporations” in both 2001 and 2006 based on its environmental and human rights records. In 1991 BP was cited as the most polluting company in the US based on EPA toxic release data. Greenpeace International named BP one of Scotland’s two largest polluters in 1992. Since branding itself an environmentally sound corporation in 1997, BP has been charged with burning polluted gases at its Ohio refinery (for which it was fined $1.7 million), and in in July 2000 BP paid a $10 million fine to the EPA for its management of it US refineries. According to PIRG research, between January 1997 and March 1998, BP was responsible for 104 oil spills. If one combines BP’s own emissions with the emissions of the products it sells, then BP’s emissions are greater than those of Central America, Canada or Britain.
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