Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), the refinery complex in South Philadelphia, emits 72% of the city’s major source toxic air pollution. PES, owned and operated by the Carlyle Group and Sunoco, has consistently disregarded regulations designed to protect our air, water, and public health, and has built its business model around simply paying fines for these violations instead of spending money to prevent them. PES seeks to expand its operations and bring in not only more crude oil, but also equipment to produce fertilizer and liquid fuels from Marcellus Shale natural gas.

Any corporation that has shown blatant disregard for

communities’ health and safety 

should not be allowed to expand their harmful operations.

That is why we are calling for City government to prevent corporate actors with a history of environmental violations from getting new permits.

PES: A Piece of the Philadelphia Petrochemical Puzzle

Philadelphia Energy Solutions CEO Phil Rinaldi is one of the leaders of a deep-pocketed, coordinated push to hugely expand our region’s fossil fuel infrastructure and operations. The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC)’s Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team, which includes Rinaldi, is working behind closed doors with our elected officials and other government bodies to make these plans a reality. Planned and proposed expansions include a pipeline expansion project to bring massive amounts of Marcellus Shale natural gas to Philadelphia; additional pipelines and petrochemical processing in Marcus Hook; turning the Southport section of the Navy Yard into an oil and/or gas processing and transport hub; and expanding PGW’s LNG storage and sales at Port Richmond.

PES is already the largest single purchaser of Bakken Shale crude oil. Most of that oil travels to PES in mile-long oil trains, up to four per day. These oil trains have derailed and exploded elsewhere and have derailed twice here. Over 700,000 people in the Philadelphia area live in the potential evacuation zone of an oil train derailment. Additionally, just outside of Philadelphia in Marcus Hook, Sunoco Logistics is already constructing infrastructure to process and export natural gas liquids (NGLs) from its planned Mariner East pipelines.

PES and its allies’ plans mean more natural gas pipelines; more oil transport by train, barge, and pipeline through the region; and more processing and export facilities. Each of these carries the potential for disaster in Philadelphia’s densely populated communities, and all bring more air and water pollution to our overburdened region. Expanding fossil fuel processing will move Philadelphia backwards.

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