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Pledges to Lead in Congress to Keep the Great Lakes Clean
Today, Illinois 10th District Republican Congressional candidate Robert Dold, Wilmette Mayor Chris Canning and "Below the Surface" Founder Kristian Gustavson joined together at Gillson Beach to highlight their commitment to protecting the health of the Great Lakes.
According to a recent Alliance for the Great Lakes report, 413 million gallons of combined storm water and sewage were sent through the locks into Lake Michigan in 2009. More than 11 billion gallons were released into the Lake in 2008. Thirteen percent of Great Lakes beach samples violated public health standards for safe swimming in 2008 due to high E. coli levels – more than twice the national average.
"When elected to Congress I will be a leader working to keep the Great Lakes – our crown jewel of the Midwest – clean and safe," said Dold. "More than 30 million people use the Great Lakes for recreational purposes and drinking water each year. I will ensure that we can continue to enjoy the benefits of this area's most treasured natural resource."
Dold proposed increasing the fines for dumping sewage into the lake. The money would then go into a fund to help clean and monitor the health of the Great Lakes.
Dold spent the morning celebrating Earth Day by cleaning up the nearby beach with volunteers. Dold also later visited with Central Elementary School students from Wilmette while they released trout into Lake Michigan to help combat the declining trout population.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
-- Kristian Anders Gustavson
BELOW THE SURFACE, Founder
A coast-to-coast exploration of America's waterways
Rescuers in helicopters and boats searched the Gulf of Mexico for 11 missing oil workers Wednesday after a thunderous explosion at a huge drilling platform that lit up the night sky with a pillar of flame.
Seventeen people were injured, four critically, in the blast Tuesday night aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig 80 kilometres off the Louisiana coast.
The blast could prove to be one of the deadliest U.S. offshore drilling accidents of the past half-century.
The U.S. coast guard held out hope that the missing workers escaped in one of the platform's covered lifeboats.
Nearly 24 hours after the explosion, the roughly 120-by-75-metre rig continued to burn, and authorities could not say when the flames might die out. A column of black smoke rose hundreds of metres over the Gulf of Mexico as fireboats shot streams of water at the blaze.
"We're hoping everyone's in a life raft," coast guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry said.
Adrian Rose, vice-president of rig owner Transocean Ltd., said the explosion appeared to be a blowout, in which natural gas or oil forces its way up a well pipe and smashes the equipment. But precisely what went wrong is still under investigation.
Crews were doing routine work before the explosion, and there were no signs of trouble, Rose said.
A total of 126 workers were aboard the rig when it blew up. The coast guard said 17 were taken by air or sea to hospitals, including four in critical condition. Others suffered burns, broken legs and smoke inhalation.
Nearly 100 other workers made it aboard a supply boat and were expected to reach the Louisiana shore by evening.
Kelly Eugene waited with nine family members for her husband, Kevin Eugene, 46, a cook on the Deepwater Horizon. A catering company operating on the rig notified her he was safe.
"He's on the boat," she said. "That's all we know, and that's all we need to know."
The rig was tilting as much as 10 degrees after the blast, but earlier fears that it might topple over appeared unfounded. Coast guard environmental teams were on standby, though officials said the damage to the environment appeared minimal so far.
The rig, which was under contract to the oil giant BP, was doing exploratory drilling but was not in production, Transocean spokesman Greg Panagos said. Among the people on board, 79 worked for Transocean, six for BP and 41 were contract workers.
According to Transocean's website, the Deepwater Horizon is about twice the size of a U.S. football field. Built in 2001 in South Korea, it is designed to operate in water up to 2,500 metres deep, drill nearly nine kilometres down and accommodate a crew of 130. It floats on pontoons and is moored to the sea floor by several large anchors.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/04/21/oil-rig-blast-rescue.html#ixzz0lnNDOYby