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  • lordbalzy_the_holy lordbalzy_the_holy Jan 4, 2013 7:11 PM Flag

    Ford, GM, Chrysler Support Detroit Communities vs K0ch Industries Behavior

    Detroit's Big Three trying to power up Motor City

    As part of Operation Brighter Future, Ford Motor Co. is pumping $10 million into the resurrection of the Mexicantown Mercado – which will serve as a new food bank and community center and be renamed the Ford Resource and Engagement Center. Company officials, notably including new Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields, promise still more aid to come for the long-beleaguered Detroit.

    GM has steadily increased its involvement in community affairs; at one event last year, Chevrolet General Marketing Manager Chris Perry washed the feet of some young inner city children and helped them find new shoes donated by the Samaritan’s Feet charity.

    Chrysler, meanwhile, has taken several floors of space in one of Quicken’s new downtown buildings – recently renamed Chrysler House – and kicked in cash and manpower for other community projects.
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    Koch Industries was sued by the government in 1995 and 1997 as a result of a reported 300 oil spills from pipelines that they owned and operated. It is estimated that during this time, three million gallons of oil were dumped into lakes and streams in six different states.

    In late 2000, as the Clinton administration was preparing to leave, Koch was served with a 97-count indictment for covering up the discharge of more than fifteen times the legal limit of benzene, a known carcinogen, from a refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. The company faced penalties of more than $350 million and four employees were criminally charged and faced up to 35 years in prison. Three months after the Bush administration took office the case was settled out of court.


    Koch Industries was sued by the government in 1995 and 1997 as a result of a reported 300 oil spills from pipelines that they owned and operated. It is estimated that during this time, three million gallons of oil were dumped into lakes and streams in six different states.

    Koch's Sterling butane pipeline had a leak in Lively, Texas, on August 24, 1996. Two teenagers were killed when the gas exploded and burned. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that severe external pipeline corrosion was the cause of the failure

    Finally, according to Public Integrity, since 2000 Koch Industries has paid over $50 milion in fines for violations of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

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