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‘You guys know me, I’m not a traitor’: Former PES refinery worker criticized by some for his film about the plant, the fire and his opinion on the site’s future

Most of Bilal Motley’s former co-workers have either rallied to keep the refinery open or kept their thoughts private. Motley, however, wants to tell his story.

By Catalina Jaramillo

Philly has a new way to track air quality — but it won’t help in an emergency

Pretty much every day, the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery sent thick black-gray plumes of smoke into the air, to mingle with emissions from nearby Philadelphia International Airport and the two interstate highways that run through Grays Ferry.

By Catalina Jaramillo

Future of PES refinery could be decided Friday behind closed doors

Auction is scheduled, but it's 'very much an inside decision process,' one observer said
By Catalina Jaramillo

Six months after the fire, both ex-refinery workers and PES struggle to find new lives

Many former employees of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery had to switch careers. A considerable number remain unemployed.

By Catalina Jaramillo

Pa. Poor People’s Campaign to push poverty agenda at Philly hearing

The Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign launched in May to address what they call the “four evils”: systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and environmental degradation. It’s seen as an extension of the original campaign started by Martin Luther King in 1968 just days before he was assassinated.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

‘Particularly dark’ Labor Day for Philadelphia’s unemployed union workers

Final numbers are not out yet, but with Hahnemann University Hospital and the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery closures, the city could be losing 2,500 union jobs.

By Catalina Jaramillo

After refinery fire, Philadelphia creates advisory group to discuss the site’s future

“You’re not going to hear me say we can dictate what happens on that site, but I think we can have some influence on what happens at that site,” Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.

By Susan Phillips