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Did You Know That Blueberry Ridge Subdivision Residents Were on National TV in the Late 1970s?

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One of the reasons for initiating the White Lake Environmental History Project was to uncover little known stories about our industrial pollution era.  A recent interview of several Blueberry Ridge subdivision neighbors showed this to be true.  Even though I’ve lived in the White Lake area all my life, I had never heard this intriguing story.

The neighbors — Bev Hunt, Jim Cousino, and Jane Hanna — talked about how they (and others in the subdivision) found out their wells were contaminated by chemicals from the former Hooker Chemical Company and what they did to get the company to provide them with safe drinking water.  The group wrote letter after letter to politicians at all levels, including U.S. Representative Guy Vanderjagt, Governor Milliken, and President Carter.

In the interview (scroll down to see here at: Oral Histories)  they talk about how things began to change when their issue became national news, with a spot by TV journalist Brit Hume, and when news of Hooker Chemical (Occidental)’s pollution problems almost halted the company’s purchase of another company.

A small group of people CAN make a big difference!

Blueberry Ridge Milliken letter pg 1

Letter to Governor Milliken (page 1)

President Carter article

News article on Hooker Chemical issue getting the attention of President Carter

Vanderjagt response letter

Response from U.s. Representative Vanderjagt

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  1. Teri
    September 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    No mention of Dan J. Stack Jr. who owned Cherokee Lodge (next door to Blueberry Ridge) and FOUGHT against Hooker coming in. HE was not surprised when all their wells ended up polluted.

    • September 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Teri – Please see my reply re Dan Stack to your comment on the Lesson from “A Tragedy of White Lake” post.

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