The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Southwest Detroit Refinery Fire

May 13, 2013

After an explosion and fire at a Marathon Oil storage tank containing ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide on Detroit’s southwest side, more than 80 residents and activists came out to demonstrate on May 3. They voiced pollution concerns and protested the lack of an evacuation plan for Detroit residents.

A recent environmental report found that the most polluted zip code in Michigan is adjacent to this refinery: 48217.

Imagine residents’ surprise to hear the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) planned to present its Platinum Safety Award to the Marathon Refinery at a ceremony on May 8!

Under scrutiny, the state hastily cancelled the ceremony. Too bad reality interfered with their plan!