Environment & Science
12:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

You need to see these photos of the pet coke piles in Detroit

Fisherman on the river with the petroleum coke piles and Michigan Central Station in the background
Credit James Fassinger / Stillscenes

Michigan Radio has had several reports on the petroleum coke piles along the Detroit River in southwest Detroit.

But to better visualize the situation, you should check out these stunning photographs.

James Fassinger, a freelance photojournalist, reported on the petroleum coke piles in “The human cost of Detroit’s petroleum Koch piles” on his website, Stillscenes.

The photos show us the people and neighborhoods directly impacted by the piles.

“Pet coke” is a by-product of refining heavy bitumen from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada.

The pet coke along the Detroit River comes from the nearby Marathon oil refinery.

There is major concern among environmentalists and residents about the health and environmental impact of the piles.

- Julia Field, Michigan Radio Newsroom