We are publishing below the Sierra Club’s statement retracting inaccurate information published in a press release they issued on Sept. 16. We welcome their acknowledgment of this mistake and remain committed to working with partners who seek constructive solutions toward creating a safer, cleaner environment, based on fact.
Correction of Previous Sierra Club Press Release on Marathon Petroleum
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Sierra Club issued an update to a previous press release issued on September 16th, regarding therecent release of oil vapor at the Marathon Refinery in Southwest Detroit.
Sierra Club’s press release stated that a letter had been sent to the United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board raising concerns about the potential release of hydrogen fluoride at the refinery.
After conversations with Marathon representatives, Sierra Club officials were pleased to learn that hydrogen fluoride is not stored at the Marathon Refinery. We apologize for the incorrect information and retract that incorrect information.
In response, Justin Onwenu issued the following statement:
“We were pleased to learn that hydrogen fluoride is not stored at the Marathon Refinery. We apologize for the incorrect information in a previous release and retract it.
“We’re still committed to working with front-line communities and the authorities to ensure full information about these releases is made available and acted upon.”
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