WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah – Environmental groups blame big industries like oil refineries for the State’s bad air, but refineries say it’s only providing what the public demands: gas to fuel their cars.
Holly Frontier Oil Refinery gave Fox 13 a tour of one of its facilities on Tuesday and while activists want them out of the Wasatch Front, Holly only plans to get bigger.
“We’ve met with activist groups and given them information and they’ve basically indicated that they’ve, they receive the information and they don’t believe it,” says Michael Astin, the environmental manager for Holly Frontier.
He says oil refineries have long been questioned about their practices.
“I think the biggest problem there is the stigma just the idea of that we’re an oil company. Oil companies are viewed as having emissions that are toxic and bad,” says Astin.