HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) —  Governor Tom Corbett says he’s working to preserve and create jobs on two major fronts in the Philadelphia region.

During a recent appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club in Harrisburg (see related story), the governor reaffirmed his commitment to the long-delayed dredging project to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel.

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“We made a loan to the federal government,” he noted.  “How many times does the state make a loan to the federal government?  We did that. Fifteen million dollars to continue the dredging of the Delaware River. They’re supposed to repay it to us [pauses for laughter]. We’ll see. But I believe that we need to get that river dredged. We’re having disagreements with some people, but I believe we should get that river dredged.”

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Meanwhile, in another matter with potentially grave consequences for the Port of Philadelphia, Sunoco and Conoco have announced plans to sell or shut down their Delaware River refineries. The governor did not provide details, but said he is “working behind the scenes” to preserve those jobs.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg bureau chief Tony Romeo

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