Dozens block petroleum coke trucks in Detroit

Supporters and members of Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands (DCATS) blocked a truck hauling petroleum coke to the controversial storage facility and docks along the Detroit River Monday June 24, 2013. With Detroit police and Homeland Security officers standing by, the group held the truck for nearly three hours before agreeing to allow it to turn around without dumping its load of pet coke. No protesters were arrested as a result.

The group has vowed to hold vigil at the entrance to the site and not allow any trucks to pass until Koch Carbon, owner of the pet coke and Detroit Bulk Storage, the company in charge of the site along the river, agree to remove the stockpiles from the riverfront.

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