Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Murphy's Should Have Made More Donations to Democrats

Murphy Oil Company, the El Dorado based oil producer, refiner, and retailer, has been hit with heavy fines and expensive demands to upgrade pollution control equipment at two of its refineries. Neither of those facilities are in-state. This disclosure adds some context to the rumors that Murphy was looking to sell its US refineries. Apparently it is too expensive to operate refineries in the United States in this environment.

Murphy Oil is perhaps best known for its "El Dorado Promise" program, whereby they provide college scholarships to virtually every graduate of El Dorado High School. The family is also well known for being big-time Republican donors. Call me a cynic, but I can't help but wonder if their company was not subjected to more intense scrutiny because of their donations.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

not likely; they were only brought into EPA's nationalprogram with the rest of the U.S. refineries. Too bad Murphy didnot care enough to get with the program when their competitors did. http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/caa/oil/index.html That would have prevented toxic exposure of the people of Meraux La. http://www.tulane.edu/~telc/assets/pdfs/2-3-10_Order.pdf Murphy emitted more than a million pounds over the air permit limits since starting their clean fuels projects. All petroleum refineries make a significant capital investment in order to supply a variety of particular fuel blends to meet multifaceted mandates, including regulations for fuels to reduce mobile vehicle tailpipe emissions. Those tailpipe emission reductions seem offset, if not exceeded, by increased emissions in the neighborhoods around the refining facilities. Without the installation and maintenance of appropriate pollution controls, such mandates fail to protect public health, and, instead, create dirty neighborhoods.

6:02 PM, September 30, 2010  

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