Great Lakes Month in Review: fracking, ballast water and petcoke

Oct 29, 2013

Current State contributor Gary Wilson explains that pet coke is the by-product of the tar sand petroleum being mined in Canada and throughout the northern tier of the United States.

At the end of each month we check in with Great Lakes Commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin.

For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on fracking, ballast water and petcoke.  

In July, Michigan residents watched as petcoke piled up along the Detroit River. Now residents in Chicago are scrutinizing rising piles of the waste product.

 Gary Wilson is a Chicago-based Great Lakes commentator and journalist. You can find more of Wilson’s thoughts on the Basin at