[AZ-Observing] Re: Yuma Board Approves Refinery Zoning West of Se ntinel

  • From: "Rotramel, Rick (AZ77)" <rick.rotramel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 09:29:39 -0700

(An Item in The AZ Republic yesterday):

Yuma board OKs change in zoning for oil refinery


The Yuma County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a zoning
change needed to construct an oil refinery.

The change in designation for 3,300 acres of land near Tacna would
accommodate plans by Phoenix-based Arizona Clean Fuels LLC to build a $2.5
billion refinery.

It would be the first ever built in Arizona and the first in the United
States in nearly three decades.

"Whether or not a refinery is built at the site remains to be seen. The vote
I make is to allow the process to proceed," Supervisor Bob McLendon said
Monday before he voted for the zoning change.

Arizona Clean Fuels still needs approval from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and state environmental regulators before it can build the
facility.

Some residents have opposed the plan, saying they didn't want the refinery
in their back yard. Others, however, have backed plans, citing the
high-paying jobs it would bring a county plagued by unemployment.

The supervisors listened to four hours of testimony before approving the
zoning change. About 300 people attended the meeting. 

Opponents argued the refinery could bring adverse health effects to a region
dominated by agriculture.

If built, the refinery would be on desert land 40 miles east of Yuma.

(Sentinel is 45 miles further East on I-8 from Tacna. At least the light
dome would be in the West/SW, same as the Yuma dome.)

Rick R.
SAC
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