In June 2019, the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in South Philadelphia sustained a fire and explosion. PES later announced that it would close the facility.
The question: What will happen to the 1,300-acre site and the thousands of jobs there?
Mayor Kenney established the Refinery Advisory Group to bring together people with diverse experiences, knowledge, and perspectives on the refinery. While the site is privately owned, we must plan for a variety of possible outcomes.
The members of the Refinery Advisory Group will:
- Consider how the closure of the PES facility will affect Philadelphia’s economy, environment, and public health and safety.
- Share ideas for how the site can provide the best use and highest value, with an emphasis on options that are both economically feasible and positive for the city.
- Gather feedback from the public and from various organizations to better inform City officials.