South Texans Against the Refinery (STAR) is a coalition of residents, landowners, ranches, and organizations concerned that Raven Petroleum’s proposed project in the tri-county area (Duval, Webb, and Jim Hogg counties) will cause numerous health and environmental risks that would threaten local communities, including Bruni, Mirando City, Oilton, Aguilares, and Hebbronville.

At this point, there is little information about the project. As a result, it is impossible to address the many concerns raised by Raven’s proposed refinery. We do know, however, that any refinery will require abundant water and robust well-prepared emergency services.

We also know that any refinery will cause harmful air pollution and disrupt our local wildlife for generations to come. We believe that our community deserves better jobs, healthy lives, and answers to the many questions raised by Raven’s proposed refinery.

Our Concerns

HEALTH

Communities near refineries have numerous health problems, especially cancer, asthma, neurological, and other respiratory diseases.

JOBS

We can’t trust Raven’s claim that 500 new jobs will be created. Refineries much larger employ far fewer people. And we don’t know that the jobs will go to locals.

AIR POLLUTION

Refineries release millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into the air we breathe. What amount of chemicals would be released here? Where is the study of the environmental impact? Why do they want to build a risky, high polluting facility next to unprepared and minority communities?

WATER

Our area has a history of water problems. The refinery can ruin our water supply. We can’t afford an incident like the environmental disaster that happened in Corpus Christi, where the city shut down the entire drinking water supply because of an accident.

ECONOMIC

How is this $500 million project being funded? The permitting process lasts years. How can it possibly be built in 2017? Raven claims that this will be a 50,000 barrel per day facility, which is small for this type of project. There has not been a new refinery opened in the U.S. in 40 years. Why now and why here? Raven may bring the tax base to Duval County, but the risks will be high for Webb and Jim Hogg counties.

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

In the event of a derailment or petrochemical fire, we are concerned a major accident could overwhelm local emergency responders and damage our communities for generations. The Quad City Fire Department limited resources, including man power (two to three certified firefighters per shift), fire control foam, and oxygen tanks. Potential reinforcements from the City of Laredo and Webb County Fire Departments are 45 minutes away.

LOCATION

Bruni HS and Bruni MS are only four miles downwind of the proposed location. Most refineries are closer to the coast and this isn’t even oil country. Why here? We are concerned about our children’s health and their future.

WILDLIFE

People come from all over for hunting and bird watching. The air pollution, or a major accident, could hurt our pristine natural resources. This is our land and we are going to defend it.

JOBS

We can’t trust Raven’s claim that 500 new jobs will be created. Refineries much larger employ far fewer people. And we don’t know that the jobs will go to locals.

HEALTH

Communities near refineries have numerous health problems, especially cancer, asthma, neurological, and other respiratory diseases.

WATER

Our area has a history of water problems. The refinery can ruin our water supply. We can’t afford an incident like the environmental disaster that happened in Corpus Christi, where the city shut down the entire drinking water supply because of an accident.

AIR POLLUTION

Refineries release millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into the air we breathe. What amount of chemicals would be released here? Where is the study of the environmental impact? Why do they want to build a risky, high polluting facility next to unprepared and minority communities?

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

Bruni only has one fire truck and one EMS truck. A major emergency could overwhelm our emergency responders and damage our communities for generations.

WILDLIFE

People come from all over for hunting and bird watching. The air pollution, or a major accident, could hurt our pristine natural resources. This is our land and we are going to defend it.

LOCATION

Bruni HS and Bruni MS are only four miles downwind of the proposed location. Most refineries are closer to the coast and this isn’t even oil country. Why here? We are concerned about our children’s health and their future.

ECONOMIC

How is this $500 million project being funded? The permitting process lasts years. How can it possibly be built in 2017? Raven claims that this will be a 50,000 barrel per day facility, which is small for this type of project. There has not been a new refinery opened in the U.S. in 40 years. Why now and why here? Raven may bring the tax base to Duval County, but the risks will be high for Webb and Jim Hogg counties.