Residents voice concerns over oil by-product infiltrating Southeast side

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Residents on Chicago’s southeast side gathered for an informational meeting tonight as they complain about a dusty by-product of the Canadian oil boom that is piling-up along the Calumet River and filtering through their neighborhoods.

They voiced their complaints at the Wolfe Park Field House.

Their concern is petroleum coke, or “petcoke” as it’s commonly called, coming from the BP plant.

By the end of the year, BP will be more than triple the amount of petcoke at its Whiting refinery.

Petcoke is concentrated with carbon, sulfur and heavy metals and residents say it’s all over their homes, inside their homes and gets in their mouths.

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