GOP tries to keep focus on IRS targeting

GOP tries to keep focus on IRS targeting

There are 12 comments on the KMIZ story from Jun 14, 2013, titled GOP tries to keep focus on IRS targeting. In it, KMIZ reports that:

It was the scandal du jour in Washington last month, now relegated to back-burner status after recent revelations of a vast government electronic surveillance apparatus created in the name of national security following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Makes sense

Evansville, IN

#1 Jun 14, 2013
Why, did they finally realize that Benghazi didn't go anywhere?

I bet there are a few birthers still carping about Ayers, Wright, etc. It's all good.
Sheik Yerbouti

Furlong, PA

#2 Jun 14, 2013
The irs should go ahead with the investigations into 'social welfare' groups that engage in politics illegally. Political groups should be stripped of their tax exempt status. The evil koch brothers should be investigated for trying to sabotage the American way of life!
Makes sense

Evansville, IN

#3 Jun 14, 2013
Let's see the usual A-holes: Kock Brothers and Matty Moron. They all belong in jail. There are SOME billionaires who are God-sent and these others can't die fast enough. They belong in hell.

Detroit council wants petcoke off riverfront, Natyshak attacks issue in Queens Park

Dave Battagello
Jun 10, 2013 - 6:46 PM EDT
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2013 - 8:32 PM EDT

Detroit city council has threatened legal action unless the company storing petroleum coke and its owners immediately stops “dumping, storing, piling or otherwise placing” the material on the riverfront.

Led by Coun. Gary Brown, Detroit council passed a resolution “to take all available legal measures” to either get the petcoke away from the Detroit River or force the companies involved to secure the proper permits and safety measures for storing the black Alberta oil sands byproduct.

The volume and size of the black petcoke piles continues to grow on the shores of the Detroit River just east of the Ambassador Bridge despite several cargo freighters hauling away the material.

MPP Taras Natyshak (NDP — Essex) raised the issue Monday at Queen’s Park, questioning why Premier Kathleen Wynne has not acted on behalf of Windsor’s residents.

“Petcoke been called “dirtier than the dirtiest fuel,” Natyshak said.“Residents, tourists, commercial and sport fishermen on both sides of the river are concerned about clouds of black dust blowing off the mountains that are left uncovered.

“The premier has known that Windsor residents and officials have been concerned about these open piles for some time, so why didn’t the premier bring up petcoke at the recent meetings of Great Lakes governors?”

Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley said his ministry has been in frequent contact with federal authorities, who are responsible since it is an international issue.

“As a ministry, we have offered to provide any assistance required to see this issue resolved,” he said.“We hope to see it resolved as quickly and as expeditiously as possible because we find the situation that exists to be unsatisfactory.”

The petroleum coke started to be produced in large amounts at the nearby Marathon Petroleum Corp. refinery in Detroit last fall after a massive $2-billion facility upgrade was completed — allowing it for the first time to process heavy crude oil brought in by pipeline from Alberta.

The petcoke is being stored on industrial lands owned by Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun. The property is being leased to Detroit Bulk Storage, which is transporting and storing the petcoke on the riverfront. A second massive pile is located west of the bridge at Nicholson Terminal – a Detroit port of which Moroun has operational control.

Residents on both sides of the border have expressed alarm over the petcoke being stored in the open next to the banks of the Detroit River. They fear runoff into the river and blowing dust from the piles.

Petroleum coke gets filtered out from the crude to be resold as a cheaper replacement for coal. Although not officially listed as a toxic or hazardous product, it can contain heavy metals or sulphur, according to experts.
Makes sense

Evansville, IN

#4 Jun 14, 2013
Two Detroit-area politicians last week introduced federal and state legislation in Lansing and Washington they hope will crack down on the companies involved — or ideally get the petcoke off the riverfront.

Rep.Rashida Tlaib (D — Detroit) introduced a bill that would require petcoke to be stored and transported inside enclosed structures and vehicles.

The state politician grabbed several plastic bags of the material from the piles over a month ago and had them tested by the Ecology Center — a non-profit environmental organization in Ann Arbor — which found toxic metals.

“I want it removed,” she said Monday.“There has been a compete disregard by the Koch brothers (who own the petcoke) and Detroit Bulk Storage. It’s absurd they dumped this on the banks of the Detroit River and never made one phone call to a municipal, state or federal agency to see if it was allowed.”

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Detroit) has tabled a bill in Washington calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the “health and environmental impacts of production, transportation, storage and use” of petroleum coke. He fears with a growing number of pipelines bringing Canadian crude oil into the U.S., the issue of petcoke will become a national problem, not just a Detroit issue.

EPA officials did not respond Monday to The Star.

Detroit Bulk Storage has recently applied for proper municipal permits in Detroit to store the petcoke after having gone months without the paperwork.

“We welcome any inquiry by the government and the community about the precautions we are taking in the storage and loading of dry bulk products,” said Daniel Cherrin, spokesman for the company.

“We continue to work with the (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) and City of Detroit as we work through the process to ensure the necessary safeguards are in place.”
Makes sense

Evansville, IN

#5 Jun 14, 2013
Welcome to Detroit, the city that Republicans like to sh!t on. After years of neglect, public and private partnerships were created in the last ten years to clean the Riverfront from the pollution of greedy bastards over the last several hundred years.

See the beginnings of the fruits:

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Yet every step forward is coupled with two dirty Republican steps BACKWARD. Again, Kock Bros and Matty Moron should be sent to jail. They are pure EVIL in Pure Michigan.

SHAME ON THEM.
reedeel

Curtis Bay, MD

#6 Jun 14, 2013
Damn ratings wars. The gop show is already threatened with cancellation in less than one season.
Makes sense

Evansville, IN

#7 Jun 14, 2013
Spread the word to the 99%.

https://www.facebook.com/DetroitPetCoke

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#8 Jun 14, 2013
Makes sense wrote:
Why, did they finally realize that Benghazi didn't go anywhere?
I bet there are a few birthers still carping about Ayers, Wright, etc. It's all good.
Darrell Issa refuses to release all of the testimony documents because it proves President Obama was right all along about the issue. So, republicans are running away as fast as they can.:-D
Dan Salazar

AOL

#9 Jun 14, 2013
In spite of what you hear there are millions of good decent fairminded DEMOCRATS who want the truth about the Obama diabolical IRS targeting our fellow Americans too. The Media seems intent on painting Democrats as less principled than other Americans. I ain't buyin' it.
alan

Livonia, LA

#10 Jun 14, 2013
frontporchreactionary wrote:
<quoted text> Darrell Issa refuses to release all of the testimony documents because it proves President Obama was right all along about the issue. So, republicans are running away as fast as they can.:-D
where are the documents on Benghazi?why are the suvivors being hidden and threatened if they speak of Benghazi?you aholes don't give a damn about these peoples deaths but are only concerned about your beloved muslim Obama!maybe Obama will call this work place violence like at fort hood?

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#11 Jun 15, 2013
The GOP needs to keep the attention on all these manufactured scandals....so that the American people don't realize the strength of our country's ECONOMIC RECOVERY......and who the President was, during it.....
Dan Salazar

AOL

#12 Jun 15, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
The GOP needs to keep the attention on all these manufactured scandals....so that the American people don't realize the strength of our country's ECONOMIC RECOVERY......and who the President was, during it.....
The Elephant is exhibiting character, integrity, and desire for Truth which is sadly lacking in the Donkey followers. What an insult to generations of Democratic Party faithful who would have been furious about the IRS,DOJ, and NSA Scandals no matter who was in Power.

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