Anti-refinery protesters want new PES owner to end pollution at site

Kim Glovas
January 10, 2020 - 3:33 pm
Protesters at PES refinery.

Kim Glovas/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dozens of protesters showed up outside the gates of the PES refinery in South Philadelphia Friday morning just one week before an auction is held to determine a new owner for the plant, which was shuttered after explosions and a massive fire last June. 

Protesters chanted songs against the present and former owners of the refinery, carried signs reading "We have the right to breath," and called for an end to pollution from the refinery, which they believe has resulted in untold health problems. 

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"I'm tired of this refinery polluting our air, forcing us to breath filthy, dirty air and hurting us, hurting our communities," said Mark Clincy, a member of Philly Thrive, which organized the event.

Five people got inside the plant with a solar panel and a sign reading "The People's Bid." The sign refers to the auction of the PES plant next Friday. 

Fifteen companies have submitted bids.  

Philly Thrive plans on taking a bus to New York for that auction, vowing to let the people's voice be heard.