Refinery Advisory Group

Informing City officials about the PES refinery and its future with the help of business, environmental, labor, and community leaders.

About

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.

Connect

Email refinery@phila.gov

Contact the Refinery Advisory Group

We welcome your comments and ideas about the PES refinery and its future.

Timeline and updates

Aug. 21, 2019

The Labor Committee hosted the Refinery Advisory Group’s third public meeting.

Aug. 20, 2019

The Community Committee hosted the Refinery Advisory Group’s second public meeting. Those who couldn’t attend are encouraged to fill out this survey to share ideas about the future use of the refinery site.

Aug. 19, 2019

The City announced the addition of four people to the Refinery Advisory Group, doubling the Community Committee from four to eight members. This came after members of the public expressed a desire to see more of their neighbors and trusted community leaders in the group during the first public meeting.

Aug. 16, 2019

After starting the neutralization process the prior week, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel announced that about half of the hydrofluoric acid at the site has been neutralized.

Aug. 8, 2019

The neutralization process began for the remaining hydrofluoric acid at the site. Watch the press conference to hear Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel explain the process—one of the highest priorities for the incident management team.

Aug. 6, 2019

The Refinery Advisory Group held its first public meeting. This general meeting preceded the four topic-focused public sessions that would come in the weeks ahead. See the meeting presentation, or watch the video.

Aug. 2019

PES ended crude oil refining in the complex, continued efforts to stabilize the area near the original incident, and began to wind down operations.

July 31, 2019

City provided update on Refinery Advisory Group and announced public meeting schedule.

July 21, 2019

PES filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

June 26, 2019

PES announced it would close the refinery and sell the 1,300-acre site.

June 21, 2019

Explosions and a fire severely damaged the PES refinery complex. That same day, Mayor Kenney called for an advisory group to look into issues involving the refinery.

Announcements

Fill out the Refinery Advisory Group survey

The Refinery Advisory Group held its second of five public meetings on August 20. The Community Committee documented attendees’ thoughts and ideas about the future of the refinery site.

Couldn’t attend the meeting? Share your feedback by filling out the survey.

Events

  • Aug
    27
    Refinery Advisory Group Meeting: Environmental and Academic Committee
    5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    Preparatory Charter School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA

    Refinery Advisory Group Meeting: Environmental and Academic Committee

    August 27, 2019
    5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 4 hours
    Preparatory Charter School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA
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    Through these committee meetings, members ofthe Advisory Group hope to gather information from a wide array of stakeholdersand subject matter experts to share with City officials. Those who areinterested in presenting at any of these meetings are strongly encouraged toregister in advance by emailing refinery@phila.gov.

     

    At 5:00-5:30pm,  H. David Brown from PADEP Act 2 Land Recycling Program will present public information on contamination at the site, impact on future uses, and the Act 2 process.The public is encouraged to attend.

     

    At 5:30pm, the public comment session willbegin with speakers who have registered in advance.

  • Sep
    9
    Refinery Advisory Group Meeting: Business Committee
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Preparatory Charter School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA

    Refinery Advisory Group Meeting: Business Committee

    September 9, 2019
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    Preparatory Charter School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA
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    Through these committee meetings, members of the Advisory Group hope to gather information from a wide array of stakeholders and subject matter experts to share with City officials. Those who are interested in presenting at any of these meetings are strongly encouraged to register in advance by emailing refinery@phila.gov.

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