Detroit — Dozens of demonstrators gathered Thursday at the Marathon Petroleum refinery in a bid to convince the company to relocate all who want to relocate over concerns about pollution.
“They are our personal polluters,” said Wendy Kyles, who attributes her late relatives’ ailments to emissions from the site. “So they should do us a personal favor and get us out of here.”
Marathon officials on Thursday said it created a buyout program allowing some residents to sell their homes during the refinery’s expansion, which was completed in 2012.
Of 294 properties identified, 266 owners participated, The Detroit News reported. But the targeted homes were in Oakwood Heights, northeast of Marathon’s operation, and protestors claim the company ignored other areas.
Marathon offered the purchase program because the expansion “moved its fence line closer to that neighborhood, which was a residential island surrounded on all sides by industry and the Rouge River,” spokesman Jamal Kheiry said in a statement.
“Property in the Boynton neighborhood, on the other side of I-75 from the refinery, was covered under the city of Detroit’s ‘Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2’ funding; our program focused on the area that was not included in that program, and was directly adjacent to the refinery.”
The company does not have plans for another buyout program at this time, Kheiry said.
Some neighbors who spoke out Thursday want more action, arguing Marathon selected an area they believe isn’t affected as much.
Source:The Detroit News