US refinery closures affect national, economic security - union

03 April 2012 18:08  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A union president warned that the shut down of three Pennsylvania refineries could be a threat to national and economic security, according to testimony made available on Tuesday.

United Steelworkers (USW) Local President Denis Stephano submitted the testimony on 30 March to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said the USW.

ConocoPhillips’ 185,000 bbl/day Trainer and Sunoco’s 178,000 bbl/day Marcus Hook refineries in Pennsylvania shut down in late 2011, while Sunoco’s 335,000 bbl/day Philadelphia refinery is expected to shut down by June if no one has purchased the facility.

“It does not make sense for the US to be dependent on other nations for its gasoline and fuel when our nation is trying to be energy self-sufficient with crude oil supplies,” Stephano wrote in his testimony.

Stephano said the inability to depend on northeast refining during a global crisis impacts the country’s national security. He explained that dependency on Gulf coast fuel supplies during hurricane season is a hindrance to the country’s national security and energy independence.

USW has been lobbying for congressional oversight of refinery closures.

By: Sheena Martin
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