Gov. Tom Corbett Honored By Petroleum Distributors For Keeping Strong Refinery
Presence In Southeast Pennsylvania
HERSHEY, Pa., Oct. 2, 2012
HERSHEY, Pa., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Petroleum
Marketers & Convenience Store Association, Empire State Petroleum Association
of New York and the Petroleum Marketers Association of America honored
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for his efforts to keep a strong refinery
presence in Southeast Pennsylvania as part of their annual convention and
trade show at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center today.
In 2011 ConocoPhillips and Sunoco announced plans to permanently close their
refineries in South Philadelphia, Marcus Hook and Trainer unless buyers were
found, not only directly putting at risk 2,500 good-paying jobs, but another
25,000 jobs in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
For petroleum product distributors, this would have meant fewer refineries to
supply gasoline, heating oil and diesel fuel to customers in the Mid-Atlantic
Region leading to the potential of not only higher prices, but petroleum
However, in May Governor Corbett announced the Commonwealth would help support
the sale of the refinery in Trainer to Delta Air Lines preventing its
permanent closure. In July Governor Corbett was a key player in closing the
deal for selling the Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery to the Carlyle Group and
continuing its operation as a reborn facility to process Marcellus Shale
natural gas products.
"Had the refineries in Southeastern Pennsylvania closed, it would have had a
domino effect on motor fuel and heating oil supply and price along the whole
East Coast," said Dan Gilligan, President, Petroleum Marketers Association of
America. "PMAA commends Governor Corbett for his leadership role in
maintaining a strong petroleum presence in the region."
"Marketers inNew York were extremely concerned when the potential closings of
the Southeast Pennsylvania refineries were announced last fall," said Thomas J
Peters, Executive Vice President, Empire State Petroleum Association, the New
York trade group."Governor Corbett's action to maintain oil refinery
production in the Philadelphia area provides stability in the markets not just
in Pennsylvania, but the Mid-Atlantic region as well."
"Most people are not aware that the supply system in Pennsylvania for
gasoline, heating oil and diesel fuel has primarily consisted of pipelines
that transport product from the Southeast to pipeline terminals in the west
and north," said John V Kulik, Executive Vice President, PPMCSA. "Our members
transport the petroleum products from the terminals to customers across the
"According to industry observers and the federal government, had all the
refineries closed this past summer, consumers across the Commonwealth would no
doubt have been jolted by spot supply outages gasoline price spikes and
difficulties-perhaps crossing the five dollar a gallon threshold," explained
"The Governor is to be commended for his leadership in keeping the refineries
operating in the Southeast and preserving jobs in that region," said Kulik.
"But his action resonated far beyond that immediate area. Pennsylvania would
have been dependent on Gulf Coast refineries, a pipeline that crosses 11
states, and increased import from Asia.
"It is far better for the economy of Pennsylvania and the surrounding states
to have a refinery nearby than to depend exclusively on imports from
thousands-and tens of thousand miles away," added Kulik. "We thank Governor
Corbett for keeping Pennsylvania moving."
The PPMCSA/ESPA Trade Show annually attracts over 1,000 attendees from
Pennsylvania, New York and around the United States.
John V. Kulik
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