Not wanting to go through the same public outcry that BP faced when they asked for a permit to increase pollution from their Indiana refinery recently, Marathon has committed to holding the line on emissions from their expansion. Of the money earmarked for the expansion they plan to spend $260 million on new pollution control equipment. The company says they will maintain emissions at only forty to fifty percent of what they are currently allowed.
It seems that oil companies are finally starting to plow some of those windfall profits of the past couple years back into their infrastructure. Unfortunately it comes at a time when we really need to be looking beyond fossil fuels and into something else entirely.
[Source: Detroit News]