According to a recently published Chicago Park District press release, Park District Superintendent Timothy J. Mitchell along with other representatives from other government and environmental groups openly spoke about the BP dumping into Lake Michigan and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s decision of whether or not to allow BP Amoco in Whiting to discharge wastewater into the Lake.
Superintendent Mitchell, along with the other government and environmental representatives, presented the Indiana Department of Environmental Management with a total of 100,000 signatures from concerned citizens who support Chicago’s movement of blocking BP’s permit to dump waste water. Of the 100,000 signatures, 70,000 of them were collected during a Chicago Park District petition drive at Chicago’s many popular beaches, parks, and online.
With the expansion of BP’s Whiting, Indiana Refinery and with the facility circumventing environmental laws, the refinery will be able to dump tons of more pollutants and toxins in Lake Michigan.
This lake is extremely important to Chicago as it is the city’s number one fresh water source. Lake Michigan is also enjoyed by millions of residents and tourists each year.
Mitchell said about the “Save Our Lake” movement and the petition, “The Chicago Park District works hard to manage our lakefront beaches and keep them clean for all Chicagoans and visitors to enjoy. Clean, fresh water is an essential human necessity that we require to sustain a healthy lifestyle. We urge citizens to exercise their right to reserve and protect this valued natural resource, so that future generations can use and enjoy its clean water.”
As previously stated, many Chicago residents have joined in on the fight against BP:
Chicago resident Karl Dowry said, “I’m boycotting BP and any other Chicagoan that loves their city should. I also signed the “Save Our Lake” petition back in July. I really hope BP sees that Chicago is sending them a message that says that they can’t just dump their waste into our lake and get away with it.”
“I signed the “Save Our Lake” petition down at North Avenue beach in July,” said another Chicago resident, Heather Blakes. “It’s terrible what that company is doing and it’s great that the city and so many residents are doing everything in their power to fight it. I really think that the whole campaign will change the outcome of this horrible situation.”
For more information about the “Save Our Lake” campaign, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or call 312-742-PLAY at anytime of the day.