03 May '13, 8pm

Marathon Refinery Fire in Detroit Another Sign of Environmental Injustice

Marathon Refinery Fire in Detroit Another Sign of Environmental Injustice

© Sierra Club / Oliver Bernstein A playground in the 48217 zip code of Detroit. Last Saturday's Marathon Oil refinery explosion and fire was yet another dangerous, polluting event in a string of environmental injustices to plague the residents of the 48217 zip code in Detroit, which is unfortunately famous for being the most polluted in Michigan . Last week, Mrs. Delores Leonard, a resident of 48217, was sitting on a neighbor's porch when she heard a huge window-shaking explosion. She saw a huge plume of black smoke and rushed home. She got on the phone to see if any local, state, or federal agency could tell her what happened. She heard nothing from any emergency officials. Meanwhile, a nearby community that's not in Detroit -- Melvindale -- was evacuated by emergency officials. Yet the residents in 48217's River Rouge and Ecorse communities had no idea what to do, especi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/marath...

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