^Hm, I did not know refining was done locally.
Although it appears a drop in the bucket (or barrel), as it produces only 55,000 barrels of finished product per day compared to the 3.35 million barrels produced per day
Meanwhile, this story is from a few days ago:
[Chevron] says the area of the refinery that is contaminating the groundwater has been in operation since the 1950s.
Chevron continues to work to locate the source of the leak, including the use of video technology within the refinery's effluent system.
"We've found nothing to indicate a chronic or current contributing new source of material into the ground under the refinery."
Although the leak into Burrard Inlet became known last April, the company has been aware of it at the refinery since 2004 due to a perimeter monitoring program, Lord said, and increased the number of monitoring wells since 2009 following evidence of oil movement in the area.
Read more: http://www.vancouver...l#ixzz17uwYfYJE
That's a huge chunk of waterfront property but I can't imagine it being redeveloped easily after nearly a century of contamination.
Well, obviously we are all hypocrites for consuming oil while decrying the effects. However, we would be in better shape if we reduced our thirst for it and fixed the pricing subsidy that makes oil unnaturally cheap compared to better alternative energy sources.