Rallies to Protest Against BP
This past Sunday, about 40 concerned citizens and members of the Sierra Club assembled along Cedar Point Road outside the BP-Husky refining operation in Oregon to add their voices to those speaking out against the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Similar events are being planned for Maumee Bay State Park and Sterling State Park on June 26 to sustain the demand for cleaner energy sources and technology.
"BP Lies. The Gulf Dies," one sign read. "Wake Up and Fight Back," read another.
BP's Toledo-area refinery is one of five in the United States owned by the London-based oil giant. BP is active in exploring or producing oil in 30 countries.
The BP rig explosion has received a great deal of press coverage, but how many lives and ecologies are damaged worldwide when there are so many rigs, tankers, and refineries?
Just because the Gulf of Mexico is hundreds of miles away from Ohio, distance doesn't guarantee immunity from crude oil pollution because Lake Erie and other parts of northwest Ohio are dotted with refineries.
This means that crude oil obtained from anywhere gets shipped or piped, over long distances, to places that don't produce any crude oil but have facilities to process the black muck.
As long as crude is being transported, via pipes, land, sea, or any waterways, there is a high risk for leakages, spills, and other predictable and inevitable accidents because of human error and mechanical failure.
The complacency, apathy, and negligence of oil companies only increase the risk of more environmental disasters. For example, the local refinery, about a mile south of the Lake Erie shoreline, was informed in March that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, had issued a $3 million fine against it for safety lapses.
If ever there was a time bomb waiting to explode, this is it! It isn't a question of "if" an oil disaster will happen, it's a question of "when," and it will happen, again and again.Continued on the next page