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Impact of $3.8 Billion BP Expansion

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Regionally Speaking  held a live two hour broadcast from Bulldog Brewery in downtown Whiting on the five year anniversary of the BP Refinery project. The $3.8 billion expansion is set to go on-line later this year. It will process heavy Canadian Crude, also called tar sand oil.

The Project began in May 2008. As many as 10,000 skilled trades people worked on the project during peak activity, according to the company. It sustained many of the construction trades during the dark days of the recession.

Hour one we assessed the environmental issues, community impact and the flood of jobs over the life of the construction project.

Host Steve Walsh’s guests included:

The Calumet Project, a social justice organization based in Hammond, Ind.

Dan Lowery, president of Calumet College of St. Joseph

Nathan Pavlovic Land and Advocacy Specialist with Save the Dunes, based in Michigan City

Whiting Mayor Joseph Stahura

Members of Labors Local 41

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