The office of U.S. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon organized a public listening session regarding the June 21 explosion and fire at the PES refinery in South Philadelphia.
On the evening of July 2, more than 200 community residents and refinery workers attended the meeting at the Seafarers Hall on South 4th Street. All had concerns about the future of the refinery. Refinery workers want their jobs saved and community residents want to be safe from pollutants and dangerous chemical releases.
Congresswoman Scanlon sided with the workers in an NBC10 News story and stated “There are going to have to be short term and long term solutions. Right now a lot of people need jobs.”
Other than Congresswoman Scanlon, U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans, State Representatives Leanne Krueger, Margo Davidson, Maria Donatucci, Mike Zabel, David M Delloso, State Senator Tim Kearney, and Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym were in attendance.
Congresswoman Scanlon represents parts of Southwest Philadelphia, as well as parts of South Philadelphia and all of Delaware County.