15 February 2012 21:08 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS)--The House Homeland Security Committee soon will hold a hearing on refinery shutdowns in ?xml:namespace>
Congressman Patrick Meehan (Republican-Pennsylvania) told a press conference that the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, which he chairs, will hold a hearing within weeks on how three refinery shutdowns in his state “could increase the risks to domestic critical infrastructure and threaten supply shortages”.
Meehan was one of six members of the
United Steel Workers (USW) union officials said that closure of the three refineries puts about 2,500 workers off the job.
Sunoco’s 178,000 bbl/day Marcus Hook refinery and ConocoPhillips’ 185,000 bbl/day Trainer refinery, both near
Sunoco’s 335,000 bbl/day
The companies said the shutdowns were mandated by poor economics for the three facilities and continuing operational losses.
Meehan noted that the three Philadelphia-area refineries represent about 50% of total refining capacity in the
He said that closure of the three
“More than 30
“My hearing will help us understand the homeland security consequences of our declining domestic refining capacity, both in terms of threats to critical infrastructure and our dependence on imports from unstable parts of the world,” he said.
Meehan said he would schedule the hearing as soon as possible.
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