No Mideast oil. That’s the promise from one U.S. oil company, United Refining Company.
When drivers pull up to its pumps, they fill their tank with gasoline that is refined from 100 percent North American crude, which means oil that only originates from the U.S. and Canada.
“We think Americans feel good about it,” says United Refining Company chairman and CEO, John Catsimatidis, a well-known New York billionaire businessman who is proud that he is offering gas made in the U.S.A.
“People drive by, and every time they get annoyed at…(Hugo) Chavez, every time they get annoyed at BP Petroleum, every time they get annoyed at the Middle East, you know what they say? ‘Why don’t I buy American oil and buy American-made gasoline?’”
The company sells the gas at more than 300 stations in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio under the Kwik Fill, Country Fair and Keystone brands. Boasting that it is “American Made Gasoline Driving America!,” United’s refinery is located in Warren, Pa., where Catsimatidis says a pipeline was built from Canada 35 years ago to refine crude from our neighbor to the north.