2:00 – 2:45, North Tent
by Mary Hess
President of Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life, Mary Hess will share facts about the massive coal-to-diesel refinery proposed for within the city limits of Dale. With Spencer County already ranking 23rd (out of over 3,000 US counties) in toxic emissions (Forbes magazine), and this region already suffering from disproportionate illness rates caused by pollution, the all-volunteer, grassroots organization believes the idea is ill-conceived and is committed to stopping the proposal. Especially with Ferdinand being just six miles directly downwind from the refinery’s fallout and the smell of rotten eggs (sulfur), the community has a lot to lose in public health, economics, and quality of life. Organization members are comprised of citizens from Spencer, Dubois, and other area counties and consist of young parents, medical doctors, a chemical engineer from the oil and gas industry, teachers, business owners, students, and more. Mary and other informed group members will answer questions about the current state of the proposal and provide ways people can get involved.