"Near Refinery’s Hum, Neighbors Cry: Get Us Out Of Here"

"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."

Mark Hicks reports for the Detroit News Nov. 10, 2017.

Source: Detroit News, 11/10/2017