Sunoco, Pa. officials clash over Marcus Hook refinery site
MARCUS HOOK, Pa. -- The head of Sunoco has met with officials in suburban Philadelphia to object to a zoning change that could limit the company's plans for its soon-to-be-closed refinery. Incoming CEO Brian MacDonald met with local officials Wednesday, only hours before the local zoning board was to take up the issue, the Delaware County Daily Times reported. Later that night, the board voted in favor of an amendment that would restrict the storage of petroleum products at the Marcus Hook refinery to only those manufactured at the site, which would severely limit the potential for imported refined products to be brought there. The borough council is to vote on the matter next month. 'This zoning [decision] would completely shut down their terminal option and they were concerned about that,' Mayor James Schiliro said. 'They wanted to see what we would do to change our minds about it.' The mayor said he shared the concerns of many residents about the property being used as a terminal for Marcellus Shale extractions because of safety concerns. Sunoco spokesman Thomas Golembeski said the meeting was intended to update officials on potential alternative uses for the site. 'We also told the mayor that we view the proposed ordinance as counterproductive to finding alternative uses for the site that will generate new jobs, provide tax revenues and promote economic growth in southeastern Pennsylvania,' he said in a statement. The company plans to close the Marcus Hook refinery, laying off about 490 workers, because of deteriorating market conditions. It also will close a refinery in Philadelphia by July if a buyer cannot be found. The mayor said Sunoco might help bridge the $800,000 gap from lost earned income tax revenue.
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#1 Mar 12, 2012
None of that tree huggin stuff makes sense we just want jobs
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