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Delaware County Politician Asks For Sunoco Boycott As Company Cuts Local Jobs

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(Marcus Hook refinery, in file photo.  Credit: David Madden)

(Marcus Hook refinery, in file photo. Credit: David Madden)

By David Madden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - With operations at two Delaware County oil refineries suspended, and a third in Southwest Philadelphia threatened in the New Year, thousands of local jobs hang in the balance. And one small municipality has decided to speak its’ collective mind with its’ tax dollars.

Sharon Hill Borough is boycotting the Sunoco station it’s been doing business with. Now, we’re talking about $4,000 a month here for police, fire and municipal vehicles. Borough Councilman Scott MacNeil is hoping to get other governments and their residents to avoid patronizing Conoco and Sunoco stations throughout Delaware County.

“I think if we all band together we can send a message to Sunoco and Conoco ‘this wasn’t right what you did to us’.”

Conoco’s Trainer, Pa. plant is expected to close soon, layoff notices went out at Sunoco’s Marcus Hook facility earlier this month and Sunoco’s Southwest Philadelphia refinery is likely to follow suit no later than spring. That is, unless new owners are found.

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