Protesters block hauler carrying pet coke in SW Detroit - Fox 2 News Headlines

Protesters block hauler carrying pet coke in SW Detroit

Posted: Updated:
  • Protesters block hauler carrying pet coke in SW DetroitMore>>

  • Protesters camp out overnight against pet coke

    Protesters camp out overnight against pet coke

    Monday, June 24 2013 7:01 AM EDT2013-06-24 11:01:33 GMT
    A two-day march, rally and an overnight sit-in against petroleum coke got underway Sunday along the Detroit River. The Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands (DCATS) organized the event at Clark Park.
    A two-day march, rally and an overnight sit-in against petroleum coke got underway Sunday along the Detroit River. The Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands (DCATS) organized the event at Clark Park.
  • Charlie LeDuff canoes the Rouge River

    Charlie LeDuff canoes the Rouge River

    Friday, June 21 2013 12:20 PM EDT2013-06-21 16:20:41 GMT
    Armed with a paddle, a life jacket and friends who carry cameras, Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff takes us down the 'Rouge.' A three-day nature hunt that twists and bends right along with the river.
    Armed with a paddle, a life jacket and friends who carry cameras, Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff takes us down the 'Rouge.' A three-day nature hunt that twists and bends right along with the river.
  • Rep. Peters wants petroleum coke health study

    Rep. Peters wants petroleum coke health study

    Tuesday, May 28 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-28 23:37:56 GMT
    The petroleum coke keeps pouring in and piling up along the Detroit riverfront. Now Congressman Gary Peters is introducing legislation for a complete health study on pet coke.
    The petroleum coke keeps pouring in and piling up along the Detroit riverfront. Now Congressman Gary Peters is introducing legislation for a complete health study on pet coke.
  • Pet coke piles on Detroit's riverfront gain national attention

    Pet coke piles on Detroit's riverfront gain national attention

    Tuesday, May 28 2013 7:27 PM EDT2013-05-28 23:27:18 GMT
    The mountains of petroleum coke along Detroit's riverfront continue to grow. Now lawmakers are saying the stuff has to go as the story gets national attention.
    The mountains of petroleum coke along Detroit's riverfront continue to grow. Now lawmakers are saying the stuff has to go as the story gets national attention.
  • Concern over petroleum coke being stored along the Detroit River

    Concern over petroleum coke being stored along the Detroit River

    Wednesday, April 3 2013 8:16 PM EDT2013-04-04 00:16:31 GMT
    It is called petroleum coke, or pet coke for short, and tons of it are piling up along the Detroit River.  You can see it blowing in the wind, and there are worries it is blowing into our lungs and into the water.
    It is called petroleum coke, or pet coke for short, and tons of it are piling up along the Detroit River.  You can see it blowing in the wind, and there are worries it is blowing into our lungs and into the water.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Protesters on Monday blocked a hauler carrying the controversial petroleum coke to a plant in southwest Detroit, FOX 2's Amy Andrews reports.

The protesters stood in front of the hauler outside the TransFlo Terminal on Jefferson and Rosa Parks. Detroit police were on the scene.

Petroleum coke, also called 'pet coke,' is a byproduct of tar sands oil refining.

State lawmakers including US Representatives John Conyers and Gary Peters, have called for an investigation into the dangers of pet coke. They want the state to ensure its being properly stored and does not pose a danger to area residents.

The protesters have several demands they'd like to see met, including:

1. Communities health, quality of life, environment, and Justice comes 1st.

2. Mayor Dave Bing: Shut down the docks and REFUSE to let petcoke into another community's backyard.

3. Create new forms of working and living that don't force folks to choose between a paycheck that puts food on the table and a job that jeopardizes the planet's ability to support life.

4. Local, State and Federal Governments DO NOT issue ANY permits that let corporations pay to pollute and put their profit before people & planet.

5. Stop the extraction, transportation, refinement, and burning of tar sands and transition beyond ALL FOSSIL FUELS and destructive forms of energy towards clean, renewable, local alternatives.

6. Wayne County Public Health Dept. provide access to FREE baseline blood testing for all those residing near areas contaminated by industrial practices.

7. Require Marathon and Koch Carbon to star a Community Health Fund to support anyone found to be adversely affected by exposure to petcoke and other industrial practices.

But a previous report from the Department of Environmental Quality states pet coke causes no immediate environmental or health threat. Those who are breathing it in beg to differ. While some of the mounds have been removed, neighbors say the dust is still blowing and more needs to be done.

Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices