Clean Up Hazardous Fossil Fuel Waste Piles


Target: Bob Dudley, Chief Executive Executive Officer of BP Inc.

Goal: Ensure the cleanup of toxic “petcoke” waste piles around Chicago and the rest of the country.

Large, black piles of the fossil fuel waste known as “petcoke” have been building up along the Calumet River outside of Chicago. Most of this waste is coming from BP’s oil refinery in nearby Whiting, Indiana. Although coal waste used to be stored in this area by previous coal plants, local pollution is now worse than ever before. It’s time to clean up petcoke piles in Chicago to prevent further environmental harm and health hazards.

Petcoke is a waste product that is doing more harm than good for nearby communities. Coal used to mean jobs for local people, but today the mills are gone and the product is being shipped out of the country. The Calument River has become just one of many U.S. dumping grounds for petcoke to be shipped to Canada, Mexico, and China. Residents are finding the hazardous dust clouds from petcoke piles more intolerable, since they aren’t resulting in jobs for their families and neighbors.

In the near future, BP is planning to pump out at least 6,000 tons of petcoke each day. Devastated neighborhoods have no chance of recovering and attracting jobs when clouds of black dust loom in the area and pollute the water supply. Sign the below petition to urge BP to clean up petcoke along the Calumet River and in other regions of the country.


Dear Mr. Dudley,

Petcoke waste is a growing problem around the country, but most noticeably in Chicago in recent months. Detroit and other industrial cities have been long plagued by petcoke debates, and now Chicago is developing into a similar waste depository. Every town from northwest Indiana to the western Chicago suburbs is at risk of petcoke pollution in the air, water, and soil.

I am urging you to properly clean up your waste products so that our nation’s cities can remain beautiful and safe. In this day and age, fossil fuel pollution does not always translate into jobs for Americans. Much of the oil refined in the Chicago area is shipped overseas, transforming our cities into dumping grounds for waste products.

Although previous plants produced waste, the problem has escalated since BP took over. Please work with local environmental groups to determine the best methods of waste removal and disposal so that our communities remain safe and clean.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Stephen Boyle via Flickr

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  1. But what would the clean up involve? Would the waste just be transported somewhere else?

  2. marc mailer says:

    Petcoke is like nuclear waste of the oil industry, using it is going to pollute the environment, we need to treat this like the toxic waste it is, more taxes should be raised from oil refining, to deal with the waste, and not export to poor countries where they pay with the pollution of their environment and we all pay as more carbon, sulfur and god knows what else is pumped into the air we breath.

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