Monday, January 7, 2013


An oil refinery is not a common site, but it is a facility that we all rely on to power our cars and sometimes heat our homes. I would guess this is a pretty small refinery by industry standards. Located in Warren Pennsylvania it is an independent company known as United Refinery.

Warren is a relatively small town with a long history with oil that started in late 1800's. Numerous wells produced crude here, but it did not last long. Now most of the input for this plant arrives in a pipeline and departs in the familiar gas tanker trucks.

I am amazed at the complexity, and the photo only shows a portion of the plant located on the Allegheny river near the confluence with Conewango Creek.

1 comment:

  1. At one time I thought Pennsylvania was noted as an oil and coal producing state. I also thought Pennzoil was (at one time) made in Pennsylvania, too. I don't think there is a way to pretty up a refinery but, still, where would we be without them.