LETTER: Expansion may pose air pollution risk that outweighs economic benefitsA proposal by the Murphy Oil Co. to expand its refinery to over seven times its current size will have many more far reaching effects than the people are being educated about.
To The Telegram:
Education is the foundation for building oneself up in society. The people of Superior are blue collar workers who toil daily to succeed in life, and if something were to interrupt their ability to do that, they would not appreciate it a whole lot. A proposal by the Murphy Oil Co. to expand its refinery to over seven times its current size will have many more far reaching effects than the people are being educated about.
I will not deny the fact that economic incentives are possible to the citizens, but only for a short time period since the construction of the expansion will end, leaving the citizens in the same position they were before the expansion. Parents worry daily about the future of their families, especially their children, and the expansion, while providing some economic benefits, will not be enough pay for the side effects incurred by the plant on the health of Superior’s citizens or its natural lakeshore beauty in the future.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air pollution emitted by the refinery from 2002-2006 has overwhelmingly been coming from unclean sources, which affect your local community even more than had it been cleaned up a bit. While kids play near Washington Park, the pollutants from the facility drift in the air landing on the surrounding environment waiting to cause harm. It seems unsettling that a community that works so hard for what it has would let Murphy Oil Co. put their families at risk through their unknown amounts of air pollution caused by the proposed expanded refinery.
If the refinery is allowed to expand, like the company is convincing people it should, then the problems facing the people of Superior will only exponentially grow worse. The environmental degradation in the area will detract visitors while also putting the citizens of the city at a greater risk for increased health problems. It seems clear to me that the people of Superior should take a stand for what is right, protect their children from future environmental hazards, and oppose the construction of the plant.
— Steven Pupp,