Environmental injustice and racism in Michigan: A new MLive documentary
The Fight for Environmental Justice in Michigan is the most recent documentary release by MLive.com. “I think the environmental justice movement is probably more closely rooted to the civil rights movement than the environmental movement,” Onwenu says. Marathon's Detroit Refinery, the only oil refinery in MichiganNeil BlakeIn Michigan, environmental justice is not only a concern in Southwest Detroit. Paul Mohai’s students at the University of Michigan worked with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition in 2019 to develop the first ever statewide assessment of environmental injustice. Gretchen Whitmer has created the state’s first Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, and the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.mlive.com
Marathon agrees to $80K fine, $280K community investment after 2019 broken pipe dilemma
The event behind all this came in 2019, when a broken pipe spewed fumes and sent residents scrambling for fresh air. READ: Detroit Marathon oil refinery hit with violation notice from state environmental groupThe state levied about $80,000 in fines on top of the cash that Marathon will be spending in the neighborhood. On Feb. 2, 2019 the polar vortex helped split a major Marathon refinery pipe. We feel this is a win win, it brings the dollars back into the community. READ: Enough is enough: People living near Marathon Refinery want out
Detroit residents want answers after leak at Marathon Refinery, rally planned
DETROIT - A leak at the Marathon Refinery in Detroit created an oil vapor cloud over the area and those who live in the area said this is not the first time something like that has happened. Residents have planned a rally for Friday to address the issue. Theresa Landrum said her day and its plans shifted unexpectedly when alarms sounded at the Marathon Refinery. A leak at the refinery created an oil vapor cloud over the area and workers evacuated the plant. With the latest leak, local environmental groups will rally at the state facility demanding to know what's going on.