Citizens Against Ruining the Environment - CARE
PO Box 536, Lockport IL 60441
The Private Well Class is a free online service, grant-funded to educate homeowners about their private wells.
Once homeowners register, they’ll be sent 10 email lessons and then they can sign up for a webinar to reinforce learning.
The website also provides technical assistance by email.
The Private Well Class is designed to help a homeowner better understand how to properly care for their water well, to ensure their water remains safe to drink. By understanding the basic science of water wells and following best practices to maintain and protect your water supply, this class will provide the tools you need to ensure a safe water supply and help extend the life of your well. The following topics will be covered in the ten part email course:
■understanding how groundwater moves and gets into your well
■how water gets from your well to your faucet
■basics of well construction and the type of well you have
■how groundwater and wells get contaminated
■common operations issues for well owners
■how to care for and maintain your well, pump, and infrastructure
■testing your well water and ensuring water is safe to drink
■understanding test results and fixing water quality problems
■understanding regulations that affect you
■what to do in an emergency or equipment failure
■where to find help and get questions answered locally
More information at http://privatewellclass.org/
The Private Well Class was developed under an Assistance Agreement awarded by the EPA to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership. The views expressed in The Private Well Class are solely those of the Illinois State Water Survey and Illinois Water Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under contract with RCAP, and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this publication.
NGWA to provide new private water well owner help under U.S. EPA agreement
(WESTERVILLE, OH — October 4, 2013) The National Ground Water Association invites household water well owners to take advantage of a new hotline, a monthly tip sheet, and other training and technical assistance tools supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The goal of the U.S. EPA-funded cooperative agreement with NGWA is to increase the knowledge of private well owners in the 50 states, territories, and tribal lands so that they can act in ways that reduce risks to their drinking water supplies.
NGWA activated the toll-free private water well owner hotline, 855 H20.WELL (855 420.9355), on September 24.
Please note change of venue & don’t forget to mark your calendars!
C.A.R.E.'s ACID RAIN PROJECT
N.D.'s response to an oil spill the size of seven football fields raises questions about how the state, in the midst of an oil boom, reports such incidents.
BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while out harvesting wheat says that when he found it, crude was bubbling up out of the ground.
Farmer Steve Jensen says he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines were coated in it. At the apparent break in the Tesoro Corp.'s underground pipeline, the oil was "spewing and bubbling 6 inches high," he said in a telephone interview Thursday.
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What Jensen had found on Sept. 29 turned out it was one of the largest spills recorded in the state. At 20,600 barrels it was four times the size of a pipeline rupture in late March that forced the evacuation of more than 20 homes in Arkansas.
But it was 12 days after Jensen reported the spill before state officials told the public what had happened, raising questions about how North Dakota, which is in the midst of an oil boom, reports such incidents.
The spill happened in a remote area in the northwest corner of the state. The nearest home is a half-mile away, and Tesoro says no water sources were contaminated, no wildlife was hurt and no one was injured.
The release of oil has been stopped, state environment geologist Kris Roberts said Thursday. And the spill — spread out over 7.3 acres, or about the size of seven football fields, — has been contained.
Jacob Wiedmer, who was helping Jensen harvest his wheat crop, likened the Sept. 29 discovery to the theme song from "The Beverly Hillbillies" television show.
"It was just like Jed Clampett shooting at some food ..." he said of the oil coming from the ground. "Except we weren't hunting, we were harvesting."
Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who says he wasn't even told about what happened until Wednesday night, said the state is now investigating its procedures for reporting spills.
"There are many questions to be answered on how it occurred and how it was detected and if there was anything that could have been done that could have made a difference," Dalrymple said Thursday, when questioned at a news conference on a separate topic.
"Initially, it was felt that the spill was not overly large," Dalrymple said. "When they realized it was a fairly sizable spill, they began to contact more people about it."
Jensen said he had harvested most of his wheat before the spill, but the land is no longer usable for planting.
"We expect not to be able to farm that ground for several years," he said.
Tesoro Logistics, a subsidiary of the San Antonio, Texas-based company that owns and operates parts of Tesoro's oil infrastructure, said in a statement that the affected portion of the pipeline has been shut down.
"Protection and care of the environment are fundamental to our core values, and we deeply regret any impact to the landowner," Tesoro CEO Greg Goff said in a statement. "We will continue to work tirelessly to fully remediate the release area."
Wayde Schafer, a North Dakota spokesman for the Sierra Club, said the spill is an example of the lack of oversight in a state that has exploded with oil development in recent years.
"We need more inspectors and more transparency," Schafer said. "Not only is the public not informed, but agencies don't appear to be aware of what's going on and that's not good."
Eric Haugstad, Tesoro's director of contingency planning and emergency response, said the hole in the 20-year-old pipeline was a quarter-inch in diameter. Tesoro officials were investigating what caused the hole in the 6-inch-diameter steel pipeline that runs underground about 35 miles from Tioga to a rail facility outside of Columbus, near the Canadian border.
Roberts said state and federal regulators are monitoring the cleanup, and Tesoro estimated it would cost $4 million.
A natural layer of clay more than 40 feet thick underlies the spill site and has "held the oil up" so that it does not spread to underground water sources, Roberts said.
"It is completely contained and under control," Roberts said Thursday. "They got very lucky."
Teams working to clean up oil spill. Mayflower, Arkansas? The spill that’s been featured in the news lately? Nope. Romeoville, IL. 2010.
Just because you can’t see pipelines doesn’t mean they aren’t there. For a map of pipelines in our area go to: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/. You’ll see those of us in northern Will County are living in a spaghetti bowl of pipelines. It’s been reported there are approximately 2.5 million miles of pipelines transporting hazardous materials through the United States, and hundreds of these pipelines run through Illinois.
Until we reduce our dependency on crude oil, gas and chemicals, those products will have to be transported from place to place. So what is the best mode of transportation? Ships spill and pollute our oceans. Train tanker cars and semis hauling hazardous materials can be involved in accidents that cause spills, thereby polluting our land and possibly our water. That leaves pipelines. Perhaps they should be considered one of the leading modes of crude oil transportation.
When talking about pipelines key words include responsibility and accountability. Responsibility means replacing all the 50-100 year old antiquated piping throughout the United States and establishing an aggressive inspection-maintenance program during the life of that pipeline to make sure the pipeline is one hundred percent safe in all areas.
Fining these companies is like a slap on the wrist. Why should these polluting industries be allowed tax write-offs when they pollute while the taxpayers - you and I - pay for their neglect and greed? The BP oil spill reportedly cost us $5 billion. Enough is enough. Make them pay.
These pipeline industries have money. “Not only does ExxonMobil make $5 million per hour, the company is one of the top five benefiting from $21 billion in tax breaks (over the next five years) to the top five oil corporations. Yet the richest company in the world is using oil spill technology that is at least 40 years old,” said Eric Pica, president of Friends of the Earth. ExxonMobil has not invested any funds into the ‘technological innovation’ of clean up equipment even though the Yellowstone Pipeline “has leaked at least 71 times on tribal lands, including one failure that resulted in a 163,000 gallon spill into a reservation creek.”
A few years ago C.A.R.E. started listing some pipeline leaks in Will County and found countless leaks, including a 600,000 gallon crude leak in Romeoville. Within just one year the towns of Crete, Monee, Minooka, Plainfield and Lockport all experienced pipeline leaks. We were astounded by the numbers. There are residents in Lockport that have had monitoring equipment on their only source of drinking water, their wells, for over 10 years due to a Wolverine pipeline leak.
We learned that although chemical companies have oversight by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Hazardous Safety Administration, IL Commerce Commission and the Office of Pipeline Safety, it’s obvious there is a lack of monitoring by industry as it is the public that typically identifies leaks! C.A.R.E. believes future leaks and explosions are inevitable due to the antiquated pipeline infrastructure in Will and surrounding Counties.
Will County has to cease any new or increased pipeline activity, including the proposed CoGent and Global facility in Lockport, until the existing pipelines have all been replaced with modern materials and technology.
In 2011 members of C.A.R.E. - Citizens Against Ruining the Environment - met with the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office to discuss the horrific amounts of pipeline leaks and our concerns about contamination of our drinking water. We suggested a Task Force be created to seek prevention of water contamination and our safety. They immediately wrote to and received a response from Congressman Bobby Rush. That was great, but unfortunately, nothing has transpired since that meeting.
What can you do? Do not wait until we’re counting deaths or numbers of gallons of crude running down the road. Do not wait until your water is contaminated. First of all we have to STOP any expansion of pipelines running through Will County, including facilities such as the proposed CoGent in Lockport. Contact your legislators and demand that Congress pass more stringent pipeline safety legislation, request more monitoring, enforcement and demand that these companies pay for their pollution.
Check http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/ for more information on pipelines in your community.
Citizens Against Ruining the Environment ~ CARE
PO Box 536
Lockport IL 60441
TIOGA, N.D. – The farmer who discovered a pipeline break that spilled 20,600 barrels of Bakken crude near here said Thursday he hopes the industry learns from the incident and does a better job monitoring for leaks.
Steve Jensen said he’s been told by Tesoro Logistics it will take at least two to three years to clean up his field where he noticed the oil spill while harvesting wheat Sept. 29.
“It starts to make a person sick,” said Jensen, who owns both of his parents’ homesteads northeast of Tioga in northwest North Dakota.
Tesoro Logistics estimates the cost of cleanup at about $4 million.
North Dakota state officials have promoted pipelines as the safest and most efficient means of transporting crude oil to refineries.
Jensen, who lives in an area he describes as “spider webbed” with underground pipelines, said he began smelling oil a few days before he noticed the spill.
Tesoro Logistics said the leaking segment of the pipeline has been temporarily shut down and repairs are under way. No one was hurt and there are no known impacts to water, wildlife or the surrounding environment, the company said in a statement released Thursday.
The nearest home is about a half-mile away and Jensen lives about two miles away.
What caused the pipeline break and when it occurred will be part of an investigation, said Kris Roberts, environmental geologist with the North Dakota Department of Health Division of Water Quality.
Crews investigating the break found a hole in the pipe that was caused by some type of corrosion from the outside, Roberts said. They drilled a wooden peg into the hole and put a steel clamp around the whole area to secure it further, he said.
Often companies will remove a large section of pipe and send it to a forensics lab to determine what happened, Roberts said.
Eric Haugstad, director of contingency planning and emergency response for Tesoro Logistics who is on site, said crews are working around the clock to clean up the spill.
A continuous layer of clay about 10 to 14 feet below the surface kept the oil isolated and protected drinking water sources, Haugstad said.
Initially, the spill was estimated to be 750 barrels of oil, Roberts said.
Crews discovered there was more oil below the surface on top of a layer of clay, Roberts said. This week, company representatives increased the estimate of the spill to 20,600 barrels, he said. That is the equivalent of 865,200 gallons of oil or about 29 tanker railcars.
Jensen said Tesoro has been professional with him and responded aggressively to clean it up and monitor drinking water sources.
“They jumped on that real hard and fast about keeping this from getting into our water,” Jensen said. “That would be a disaster then.”
However, Jensen questions why Tesoro didn’t detect that more than 20,000 barrels had leaked and would like to see better monitoring systems put in place.
Tina Barbee, a Tesoro Logistics spokeswoman, said pipelines are monitored by a remote pipeline control center that monitors pressure and pumps. When asked if the monitoring center would have detected a leak, Barbee said that will be part of the company’s investigation.
Reporter Mike Nowatzki contributed to this story.
EPA records reveal oil refinery safety questions
Summer & Fall, 2013
Acid Rain: If you can't see it, feel it, smell it or taste it, how do you know it even exists?
At a recent C.A.R.E. meeting an off hand remark by a retired science teacher about using pH test strips to teach about acid rain got us thinking: why not distribute test strips throughout the area, wait until the area is socked in with rain, test the rainwater, and then chart the results on a map. The more we thought about it, the more we liked the idea.
Some areas might not test positive for acid rain, but those areas in the path of the emissions from the power plants, and to a lesser degree the refineries and expressways, will almost certainly test positive. It all depends on the wind direction at any given time. C.A.R.E. would like to conduct the test twice, with the wind from a different direction the second time so the map will show different areas receiving acid rain.
This might take a while. Testing the rain only takes a few seconds, but waiting for the wind and rain to come from a different direction could take weeks. Patience will be necessary.
Project participants will be given about 10 test strips. The first order of business will be to test drinking water to illustrate how clean water is supposed to test. Then, for contrast, something known to be acidic should be tested. (Lemon juice works well.) That will leave you a few strips to play around with. However, TWO OR THREE TEST STRIPS MUST BE RESERVED FOR TESTING RAIN.
C.A.R.E., will be watching the weather and when it looks like the entire area will be experiencing rain we'll send out an e-mail asking everyone to collect and test rainwater. Test results will then be e-mailed to C.A.R.E. so we can draw up a map.
We would like to have 50 - 60 people involved in the project. If you're interested in participating we will need your name and address in order to send you the test packet. We will also need the street names/numbers of the intersection closest to the location you will be doing the test. (We have no intention of pinpointing your exact address or identifying you by name; no one outside C.A.R.E. needs to know who is participating in the project.) After we send the test packet all further correspondence will be sent via e-mail.
If you would like to participate in the project please send one of the people listed below your name and address as soon as possible. Cone on..... it will be fun!
(Tom Jasinski 815-744-4174) (John Heinz 815-726-2220) (Carol Stark 815-838-1483)
To really see the damage from acid rain check out this link: http://www.whatischemistry.unina.it/en/martmarmo.html
CARE Table at Earth Day Celebration at JJC
Joliet Tourism Roger Thompson
Two of the best nonGMO sites
Genetically Modified Foods position paper by the Am Academy of Environmental Medicine http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html
Union of Concerned Scientists: Impacts of Genetic Engineering http://www.ucsusa.org/food_
The Future of Food free documentary http://www.thefutureoffood.com.
Healthcare without Harm position statement on Genetically Engineered Food http://www.noharm.org/lib/down.
European Food Safety Authority: Position of EFSA on Antibiotic Resistance Markers http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng
Union of Concerned Scientists: Impacts of Genetic Engineering http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/science_and_impacts/impacts_genetic_engineering/impacts-of-genetic.html
The Future of Food free documentary http://www.thefutureoffood.com/onlinevideo.html
Healthcare without Harm position statement on Genetically Engineered Food http://www.noharm.org/lib/downloads/food/Genetic_Engineered_Food_Stmnt.pd
National Academies of Science: Regulation of Transgenic Plants Should Be Reinforced; Field Monitoring for Environmental Effects Is Needed Date: Feb. 21, 2002 http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=10258
European Food Safety Authority: Position of EFSA on Antibiotic Resistance Markers http://www.gmocompass.org/eng/safety/human_health/126.position_efsa_antibiotic_resistance_markers.html
In the EU, GM plants with certain antibiotic resistance markers have been given only limited authorisation for release into the environment. Researcher: Roundup or Roundup-Ready Crops May Be Causing Animal Miscarriages and Infertility 1-16-11 http://farmandranchfreedom.org/gmo-miscarriages
The Lancet: Antibiotic resistance markers in genetically modified plants: a risk to human health? Philippe B Gay a, Professor Stephen H Gillespie
The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 5, Issue 10, Pages 637 - 646, October 2005 The report Environmental Effects of Transgenic Plants: The Scope and Adequacy of Regulation is available on the Internet at
Multiple scientific associations are calling for advanced studies and peer review studies of genetically modified organisms, this is a very important discovery/proof to call for a stop of these poisons being used as foods. One side effect that is thought to be linked to high corn consumption is infertility, couple that with high fructose corn syrup and its ties to obesity and you find part of the health epidemic in America. Discovery of Bt insecticide in human blood proves GMO toxin a threat to human health, study finds Sunday, May 15, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer http://www.naturalnews.com/032407_Bt_insecticide_GMOs.html
Cornucopia Institute gets out the word on GMOs too mainly from the viewpoint of small farmers, organic farmers – a nice group – www.cornucopia.org.
above site is for Food giants vs. US Farmers
Coal Ash Landfills Pose Problems (click to view)
ILLINOIS TOXIC COAL ASH POLLUTION: GROUPS FILE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST MIDWEST GENERATION FOR WATER POLLUTION, DUMPING VIOLATIONS AT FOUR POWER STATIONS
- Midwest Generation operates coal-fired power plants @ Romeoville, Joliet, Waukegan & Pekin.
- The power generated is sold to the highest bidder & only a small portion is sold to IL residents.
- MG states they don’t have enough money for the SO2 pollution controls that are causing thousands of respiratory illnesses but have enough money to influence people in disadvantaged neighborhoods monetarily or otherwise threaten with lose of jobs. This is a blatant disregard to the health & welfare of Will County’s 677,560 residents affected by SO2 (those within a 35 mile radius of each plant are most affected.)
Midwest Generation is requesting a delay from complying with emission standards designed to protect public health via a variance. The thousands of tons of pollutants the plant emit each year contribute to the number of asthma attacks, heart attacks, hospitalizations and even premature deaths in our area. Concerns not only include air pollution but MG has been cut off from the deep pockets of its parent company, Edison International, and is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The variance they requested will not fix their financial problems and thus would not guarantee that the jobs or the coal plant will still be there in a couple of years. Midwest Generation should be honest with the community and their workers about their long term plans. There is a sad history about companies closing their doors from one day to the next and walking away from a mess. Will County deserves to know Midwest Generation’s plans so it can begin envisioning a possible future beyond coal, with green job opportunities. Verena Owen edited by Ellen
For more information: Mary, 815.838.5604, Ardis, 815.671.2651,
Carol, 815.793.4678, Sandy, 815.838.1442, Ellen 815.834.1611
This is what CARE is.
Why Do We Need an Environmental Group?
Will County is a Non Attainment Area.
This means that our daily Air Pollution exceeds the standards set by the IEPA
Is this why Asthma is so prevalent in our area?
CITIZENS AGAINST RUINING THE ENVIRONMENT ~ C.A.R.E.
Is a 501©3 Non-Profit Organization, dedicated to maintaining the environmental integrity of not only Lockport & Will County but of "Mother Earth." C.A.R.E.'s mission is to research, educate & assist in all areas that may have detrimental effects.
Purpose of Organization. The purposes for which the corporation is organized are to encourage the preservation of our earth and environment within the State of Illinois.
To facilitate, promote, assist, coordinate and assist in the community and public service, conduct seminars and other educational programs concerning preservations, revitalization and improvement to the environment;
To provide a forum for members of the Corporation and concerned citizens to share knowledge, common experience and problems; and to promote and encourage implementation of more effective, comprehensive legal and financing techniques and devices that will further the preservations, revitalization and improvement of the environment.
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