In Chicago this summer, a group of activists found piles of petroleum coke, or pet coke, which is a byproduct from the refinement of tar sands oil that had piled up along the shores of the Culumet River that runs through the city. The Detroit river had been similarly affected with residents documenting a large black cloud of swirling pet coke back in July. Both sites are home to Koch Industries' affiliated company KCBX, part of their coke carbon division.
Joining Real News to discuss the latest findings in Chicago is one guest, Tom Shepherd. He's the vice president of Southeast Environmental Task Force. He's a longtime activist looking to address the issue of environmental degradation in his community.