Monthly Archives: August 2011

Wilms Tumor Families to Host Movie

St. Clair County families who have been affected by Wilms Tumor, a childhood cancer, are promoting an awareness campaign for “September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.” Parents and grandparents of the children who have suffered this disease will host the movie, “Beloved Community” at 5 branches of the St. Clair County Library System, in Michigan. The documentary is about what locals call, “Chemical Valley” located near Sarnia, Ontario and the Aamjwnaang People who live in the middle of it. The focus of the one-hour film is how the petrochemical industry there has affected their environment and community health. Family members will be available after the film to answer questions about Wilms Tumor, what signs and symptoms to look for in your children and their belief that our environment may be linked to this cancer. For more information, call Marie at 810.765.5069.

Showings to be held at 6:00 p.m. At the following St. Clair County Branch Libraries:

Thu., Sep 15    St Clair – 310 S 2nd St., St. Clair         
Mon., Sep 19      Marysville – 1175 Delaware, Marysville  
Thu.,Sep 22  Marine City – 300 S. Parker, Marine City – Tranchemontage/Slanec-Williams
Wed., Sep 28 Algonac-Clay – 2011 St. Clair River Dr., Algonac – Kulmans
Thu., Sep 29 Yale – 2 Jones St., Yale – Walsh

ESSO, MOE (Ministry of the Environment), and OSH (Ole’Smokey Hole).

Zak Nicholls

The below picture is what Ole’Smokey Hole (OSH) looks like on a bad day.  This stack is attached to the coker unit at ESSO.  It is one of the 350 foot concrete stacks that most remarkably make up the ESSO skyline.  OSH is the most southerly of the six stacks, located closest to ESSO gate 216.

The day the picture was taken was the day of a coker unit fire.  This is the result of a coker unit fire.  There were no charges/fines affixed by the MOE to this release.  ESSO is expected to investigate themselves when events like this occur, and the MOE will almost always accept whatever findings that ESSO comes up with.  This is standard protocol between the MOE and industry.  My guess is that ESSO never even submitted an investigation regarding this fire, and that the MOE was okay with that.  Whenever we have tried to follow up with investigations/reports, we are always informed that one hasn’t been submitted yet, OR that the investigation/report concludes that whatever did occur, there was No Off-Site Impact.

The plume cloud you see in this picture collapsing in the general direction of Aamjiwnaang was considered to have No Off Site Impact.

Plume clouds happen more often in a slow accumulating process, rather that in the dramatic fashion as seen above.  We witnessed one less than two weeks ago, and it was part of the nearly two week complaint I’ve filed against ESSO with the MOE.  I called in part 3 of that complaint this afternoon. Continue reading