Wednesday, May 23, 2012

People Can’t Drink OIL

People Can’t Drink OIL!

Lake Michigan, the largest public water supply in Illinois, provides drinking water for nearly 8.5 million people. But a brewing storm threatens to contaminate this vital resource.

A grass-roots collaboration of U.S. printmakers will illustrate this very real yet totally unnecessary threat in a portfolio titled “Pipelines & Borderlines: People Can’t Drink OIL!”

Beverly Keys, the curator, inspired by the rich tradition of political printmaking in Mexico and Latin America, aims to link that custom with the connectivity of the Internet to “spread awareness and create a sense of solidarity among those of us who are not multinational corporations.” 

British Petroleum, a multinational oil and gas company based in London and the world’s third largest energy company, plays a major role in the storm that’s forming in Lake Michigan. 

BP’s name does not inspire confidence, and for good reason.
The corporation’s legacy includes:
·    2005: Texas City refinery fire, 15 dead.
·    2006: Prudhoe Bay, 200,000-gallon oil spill on Alaska’s North Slope.
·    2010: Deep Water Horizon, 210,000 gallons per day gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, 11 dead.

Now the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind., has been expanded so it can process toxic tar sands from Alberta, Canada, which arguably will be the worst environmental disaster in history. It is adding more fuel to the growing storm. Wastewater from the BP refinery that’s dumped into our drinking water supply contains ammonia, mercury, other heavy metals and known carcinogens.

Do you trust BP with your drinking water?

BP could do the right thing and install what is called “net zero discharge.” This means NO toxins need to be dumped into the lake. But BP doesn’t seem to have learned from its other disasters. It appears ready to create another one.

Who should be held accountable for keeping our water safe to drink?

The “Pipelines & Borderlines: People Can’t Drink OIL!” portfolio will make real the threat we face. Through art, we can reach people’s minds and touch their hearts and souls.

Please join us!

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