Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

"Advocates Blast Illinois EPA for Passing on Petcoke Oversight"

"Petroleum coke, or 'petcoke,' is still a problem in Chicago despite city regulations, and it could quickly become a problem in other parts of the state if there are no limits or rules on storage of the toxic powdery byproduct of oil refining."

Source: Midwest Energy News, 06/19/2015

"Amid Fracking Boom, Cities Fear Explosive Safety Risk It Can Carry"

"While the global fracking boom has stabilized North America’s energy prices, Chicago — America’s third largest city and the busiest crossroads of the nation’s railroad network — has become ground zero for the debate over heavy crude moved by oil trains."

Source: Toledo Blade, 06/02/2015

"Airport Beekeepers Get a Second Chance"

"Every 10 days, Thad Smith enters a piece of land that is otherwise forbidden to most people: The empty acreage around Chicago’s O’Hare airport. It’s there that Smith and his crew from the Westside Bee Boyz tend to 75 beehives. Last year, he and his fellow beekeepers harvested 1,600 pounds of honey in the otherwise unoccupied land beneath O’Hare’s airspace."

Source: Civil Eats, 05/29/2015


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