This past weekend, high winds created a black cloud of blowing petcoke particles from the piles along the Detroit River. It’s not uncommon for these piles to blow their toxic dust into the Detroit community, but this photo truly captures what Detroit residents have to endure on a regular basis.
While billionaire companies like Koch Carbon rake in profits from petcoke, communities are being poisoned by this toxic and hazardous substance, an explicit example of environmental racism and injustice, but Detroit residents are standing up for their community and demanding the petcoke piles be removed. Koch Carbon has confirmed that the piles will be leaving Michigan but has not disclosed the location to which the petcoke will be moved.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Detroit who are demanding that their health be a right, not a privilege. No community should be collateral damage in the endless and reckless pursuit of profit. Tar sands, which produce petcoke as a waste product, must be stopped so that no community becomes collateral damage in the endless and reckless pursuit of profit.