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Schuylkill River & Urban Waters Research Corps Archive

Oil Refinery Tour

Tour curated by: Coryn Wolk, Clean Air Council, E.D.G.E (Encouraging Development of a Green Economy) | 9 Locations

Tour of the industrial oil refining complex that runs along the Lower Schuylkill River.

Philadelphia has a history with the oil industry that dates as far back as the 1860's. With navigable waterways and early railroad infrastructure it was no wonder the lower Schuylkill River became a hub of industrial activity. Coryn Wolk, from Clean Air Council and E.D.G.E, gives an on-the-water kayak tour of the refinery complex located near the confluence of the Schuylkill and the Delaware River.

The "Oil Refinery" tour is sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania chapter of the Sierra Club and hosted by Bartram's Community Boathouse.

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