Petroleum coke, or petcoke, is a byproduct of refining heavy oils like those that come from the tar sands in Canada and would be transported by the Keystone XL pipeline. Petcoke, when burned like coal, is one of the dirtiest fuels in the world, resulting in greater greenhouse gas emissions than coal. Like coal, dust from petcoke piles affects air and water quality if it gets loose, threatening…
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This pile of dirty petcoke sits along the banks of the Detroit river and is 3 stories high and a block long.
The New York Times recently features the growing petcoke pile in Detroit on its front page.
Petcoke is leaving Detroit!