Flint Hills refinery signs deal with environmental groups over expansion

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 17, 2013 - 12:18 AM

The owner of the state’s largest oil refinery reached out to environmental groups and modified a planned upgrade to win their support.

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groover6Apr. 16, 13 9:26 PM

These environmental groups are like the Mafia – you must buy political protection in order to do business.

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yathinksoApr. 16, 13 9:42 PM

Koch's not a friend of mine...he pays scabs, all the time, for a nickel or a dime, fifteen cents for overtime.

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overlandApr. 16, 1311:33 PM

So who exactly are they representing in this? Not the public interest. This hasn't even gone out for comments yet! So they pay off the "opposition" and now it sails through?

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george13Apr. 17, 13 5:26 AM

I have concerns about the sustainability of this.

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jd55604Apr. 17, 13 8:23 AM

Spineless corporations like this who pay off these green extortionists will eventually reap what they sew. Strengthening and emboldening these extremists with cash today in order to make a fast buck is not a long term solution and will eventually have a substantial negative impact on their operations and profits.

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marcymmbApr. 17, 13 9:26 AM

So you have a company that wants to retro-fit in order to protect the environment and you people still whine about it. Makes no sense.

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overlandApr. 17, 1310:51 AM

Here's the agreement (quick, before they take it down!): http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/news_reports/documents/FHRPineBendSettlementAgreementFINALSIGNED.pdf

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jd55604Apr. 17, 1311:16 AM

marcymmb, Why would a company want to spend millions of dollars in revenue on non-revenue producing retro-fits? Your statement makes no sense.

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cheiron55402Apr. 17, 1311:25 AM

There will always be those who protest a business expansion.

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davehougApr. 17, 1311:38 AM

S M A R T to reach out to detractors first and address their concerns head on before money is spent building. Had mines in northern MN said, this is what we want, what are YOUR concerns and this is our plan to address them, the mines would be money ahead. Talking BEFORE environmental impact statements are paid for is a lot cheaper than after-the-fact changes.

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