In response to a Phillips 66 ruptured pipeline that spilled 30,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the Cahokia Canal last Friday, we are shocked to hear news stations report that the river is safe at this time. The Cahokia Canal empties into the Mississippi, a source of our drinking water for St. Louis. The Cahokia Canal was already under review for excess dissolved oxygen, total nitrogen, sedimentation/siltation, major habitat alterations and total phosphorus. Add diesel to that list.
In studies, scientists have concluded that decades-old diesel spill sites still show little plant re-growth. We understand that the Phillips 66 personnel, Coast Guard, and oil spill response organizations are assessing the shoreline and recovery efforts. The question we hope they are addressing is: did the pipeline have weak safety standards for this project, including using thinner steel for the pipe, using pipe from China, or were they pumping at higher volumes than industry standards?
We’ve let oil companies call the shots for too long, and now we’re cleaning up their messes locally. Time after time, these companies have shown their inadequacy at preventing spills, and incompetency at spill response and cleanup. Oil is toxic for most fish and marine species. According to the National Academy of Sciences, cleanup methods can only remove a small fraction of oil spilled in marine waters.
The Mississippi River’s community includes diverse flora, fauna, and wildlife too dear to risk.
On this Earth Day we hope news sources do a full review and reporting of all the test results that the Phillips 66 personnel, Coast Guard, and oil spill response organizations are in charge of assessing.
We need to restore American self-sufficiency and make us a global leader in the clean energy economy.
Three Rivers Project Coordinator, Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club
EDITOR’S NOTE: This letter was written to parents and guardians at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton.
I want to take the time to tell you how grateful I and the Students for Soldiers Program are for your kindness and generosity with all of the supplies you have sent in for packages sent to our troops and materials for the USO.
So far I and a number of parents from the local parishes as well as our students have sent out nearly 30 boxes. It is very gratifying to receive messages back from these young men and women expressing how much those packages have meant to them and members of their squads or platoons. Some of them are here in the states, but most are on deployments overseas. This could not be done without your support. Please keep them in your prayers. They appreciate any news, letters, treats, and prayers. Some of them are in some pretty tough spots right now, from flying fighter jets bombing targets to being in Forward Bases of Operations. Any contact with folks back home keeps up their morale. I hope you got a chance to look at last week’s AdVantage News; they did a very nice article on our group. All of the packaging takes place here at Marquette. God bless you and again thank you ever so much for all that you do.
Students for Soldiers