Pet coke protested on both sides of Detroit River
60 people gather in Detroit and at a candlelight vigil held in Windsor
Demonstrators gathered in Detroit on Sunday afternoon to rally against piles of petroleum coke being stored on the U.S. banks of the Detroit River.
Last week, Nicholson Terminal and Dock announced it would no longer store pet coke west of the Ambassador Bridge. However, Detroit Bulk Storage is still doing so east of the span.
Approximately 60 people turned up to protest the piles.
Local state representative Rashida Tlaib was at the demonstration.
"I'm just really, really wanting to ... hold them accountable, hold them to the fire, their feet to the fire, because [they] are being completely negligent and mishandling the material in the last few months," Tlaib said.
Sonia Grant is a Canadian who was at the protest.
"The tar sands don't stay within particular borders. We see that through the pipelines. It's very easy for this crude oil to come through, so I guess I feel a responsibility not as a Canadian but as a person to fight against this industrial project," she said.
Sunday night, Windsor protesters also gathered on the Canadian side of the river and held a candlelight vigil to support their Detroit counterparts.
All the protestors claim the pet coke is not only an environmental concern, but also a health concern.