As Governor Corbett and Harrisburg lawmakers try to lure a natural gas processing plant to Beaver County, near Pittsburgh, others seek to revive a shuttered Sunoco refinery in suburban Philadelphia by connecting it to the shale gas boom.
The borough of Marcus Hook may be one of the oldest European settlements in the state, stretching back to a Swedish trading post in the 1640’s. But it has a long history in the refining business. In 1892, to serve Pennsylvania’s oil rush, the borough’s first refinery was built, followed by a 300-mile pipeline from the borough’s port to oil fields in western Pennsylvania. Walking down the streets today, the tidy homes are dwarfed by the giant pipes and towers of the Sunoco refinery, which has operated here for more than one hundred years.