By The Schuylkill River & Urban Waters Research Corps Archive team
Coryn Wolk, Environmental Researcher/Writer, EDGE Philly and Physicians for Social Responsibility
Philadelphia Legal Trespass: Exploring the PES Refinery from the Lower Schuylkill River
Despite the PES refinery's visibility from local bridges, streets, and flight paths, a variety of literal and figurative barriers prevent most Philadelphia residents from seeing and understanding its operations. The public waterways of the Lower Schuylkill River enable a nearly unparalleled access to the sights, sounds, and smells of the refinery and nearby infrastructure. EDGE Philly, Bartram's Garden, and Sierra Club have collaborated to present this infrastructure to residents through kayak tours. Coryn will discuss some content and observations from the tours, as well as PES and law enforcement's responses to this unpreventable, legal use of the River to access these sites.