Wolf says state doesn’t plan to help fund refinery restart

Pennsylvania

Flames and smoke emerge from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex in Philadelphia, Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Pennsylvania’s governor says his administration doesn’t plan to spend any state money to help restart a massive Philadelphia refinery shut down since explosions and a blaze damaged it last month.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that his administration is analyzing whether the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex can be restarted.

The administration says barriers to getting it back in operation include the fire damage, safety and contamination concerns and competition from more modern refineries.

The company has notified the state it plans to shut down the plant and lay off more than 1,000 workers.

The 150-year-old site, the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, had been processing 335,000 barrels of crude oil daily into gasoline, jet fuel, propane, home heating oil and other products.

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