by Rebecca Carter
Categories: Causes, Music.

The MidWest is pissed at BP, and so is Pearl Jam. British Petroleum is often looked at as one of the “better” oil companies…one that actually has the environment on their mind.

The BP Whiting Refinery in Indiana has secured a new water permit that “allows BP to dump an average of 1,584 pounds of ammonia and 4,925 pounds of suspended solids into the lake every day,” says the Chicago Tribune.

BP has written their own statement to say that the ammonia levels are still at 50% of the federal standards, and that the change in their output is due to having to process a totally different, and heavier, crude oil.

The public, the environmental groups, and even some politicians aren’t convinced. Pearl Jam even wrote a song about it and performed it at this year’s Lollapalooza. Watch a bit of their “Don’t Go to BP Amoco” protest song below, or listen to the entire bit here.

Thanks for the tip, Kimberly!

About Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter is the Co-Founder of Ecorazzi. Rebecca was recently featured in the book Hot, Rich, and Green. She is one of 70 eco-achievers featured in Glamour magazine in April 2009, named Best of Green 2010 by Miami Magazine and Best Environmentalist by Miami New Times Best of 2008. She's raising a couple of little boys in Miami and speaks English & Spanish. Find out more at Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccacarter

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  • lVirginia Murphy

    This is what I received from an Alberta citizen and thought I would pass it along.

    In Ft. McMurray AB, they are not allowed to dump it in the waterway. Instead, they are required to contain it in a “tailings pond”. These tailings ponds are as big as most lakes now and there are huge concerns that they may break and leak into the waterway. This would cause major environmental damage.

    This citizens was referring to the pollution.

    Although AB enviro legislation mandates the oil companies must clean up tailings ponds…the gov’t. does not make them adhere to it because they are more interested in receiving increased royalties.

    I do no think Lake Michigan is large enough to absorb the tailings without adverse effect. Even AB does not allow dumpiong of this stuff into waterways.