refinery en Detroit residents consider Marathon buyout offers (part 2) <p>Michigan&rsquo;s only oil refinery is in the middle of a $2 billion dollar expansion project. Marathon Petroleum is expanding its refinery in southwest Detroit to process more heavy crude oil from Canada.</p><p>That expansion project is moving the footprint of Marathon&rsquo;s refinery closer to people&rsquo;s homes, especially the Oakwood Heights neighborhood in Southwest Detroit. A couple weeks ago, the company made a big announcement. Marathon is offering to buy about 350 homes in Oakwood Heights. The company is offering a minimum of $40,000 dollars plus half of what the home appraises for. There&rsquo;s also money to help people relocate.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We think it&rsquo;s a very generous program. We think the neighborhood is going to be very happy with it.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Tracy Case is with Marathon. He says the company is planning to demolish the homes it buys and create about a hundred acres of green space next to its refinery.</p><p><em>&ldquo;You know, I think if you asked anybody in industry, or if you asked anybody that lives next to industry, they&rsquo;d say yeah, that&rsquo;s a good thing to have, to have the green space.&rdquo;</em></p><p>He says the program is voluntary and no one will be forced to move.</p><p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:17:15 +0000 Rebecca Williams 5036 at Detroit residents consider Marathon buyout offers (part 2) Refinery's neighbors protest tar sands <P>People who live near Detroit’s massive <A href="">Marathon Oil refinery </A>came out as part of a national <A href="">protest </A>against a proposed pipeline in the western U.S.</P> <P>The <A href="">Keystone XL </A>tar sands oil pipeline would transport heavy crude oil from Canada’s tar sands. That’s the same type of oil the Detroit plant is being retrofitted to be able to process.</P> <P>Jackie Smith lives just a couple of blocks from the refinery. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 21:27:50 +0000 Sarah Hulett 349 at Refinery's neighbors protest tar sands