2012-03-01 / Local & State

Sunoco, SE Pa. Officials Huddle On Refinery Use

MARCUS HOOK, Pa. (AP) – 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-tobe closed refinery.

Incoming Sunoco Inc. 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 (http://bit.ly/yostyW ) said

Later that night, the board voted in favor of an amendment that would restrict the storage of petroleum products at the Marcus Hook site to only those manufactured there, 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 shares the concerns of many residents about the property being used as a terminal for Marcellus Shale extractions because of safety concerns.

Sunoco spokesman Thom-as 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 earlier announced plans to close the Marcus

Hook refinery, laying off about 490 employees, due to deteriorating market conditions, and says it will close another refinery in Philadelphia by July if a buyer cannot be found.

The mayor said the company may help bridge the $800,000 gap from lost earned income tax revenues if the refinery closes, but he said that subject was unrelated to discussion about the proposed ordinance.

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