ENERGY ON THE MOVE:
OIL & GAS TRANSPORTATION IN THE GREAT LAKES

A WORKSHOP FOR JOURNALISTS

MAY 18 & 19, 2015
WHITING, INDIANA (GREATER CHICAGO) 

The BP refinery in Whiting. Photo courtesy BP.

The BP refinery in Whiting. Photo courtesy BP.

The Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources will host a workshop exploring the latest developments in energy transport in the Great Lakes, home to a growing network of oil pipelines, a pinch point for oil trains and the site of refineries that turn heavy crude from Alberta and North Dakota into finished petroleum products.

With a home base on the shore of Lake Michigan, the two-day workshop will feature a key component of IJNR programming - getting journalists out into the field.  Attendees will:

  • Visit a south Chicago neighborhood that is playing host to a growing number of oil trains. Journalists will be able to ask questions about how this traffic impacts air quality and potentially puts residents at risk in the event of a derailment.

  • Discuss the BP refinery in Whiting, IN, and learn more about the science of refined petroleum and the impact of refineries on neighboring communities and watersheds.

  • Talk pipeline safety and shipping at one of North America’s biggest pipeline hubs.

  • Discuss the world’s thirst for fossil fuels, the impacts of their continued use and the sustainability of petroleum-based energy.

IJNR will provide meals and lodging for attendees of the event, as well as transportation to research field sites. Journalists from all media platforms and levels of experience are encouraged to register. 

There is a $25 registration fee that will cover all lodging and meals during the event.

Attendance will be capped at 20 participants. 

Please note that staying overnight is not required. The workshop will run from (roughly) 8am to 5pm both days to accommodate reporters within "commuting" distance.

 

TO REGISTER:

Please send a current resume and clip to contact@IJNR.org. We will then send you the registration form. Registration closed.