Congressman DeSaulnier’s Statement on Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s Announcing “Indefinitely Idling” Martinez Refinery

August 2, 2020
Press Release

Walnut Creek, CA – Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) made the following statement in response to the announcement by Marathon Petroleum Corporation that it will “indefinitely idle” its Martinez refinery and convert it to a terminal facility.

“This move is a big loss for our workforce and potentially the economy. That is why, before the pandemic hit and had a drastic impact on energy production, I started convening labor unions, environmental groups, and local governments to talk about how we prepare for a shift to sustainable energy and renewables in Contra Costa. The transition needs to be as successful as possible for everyone and we cannot leave workers behind – they need to be guaranteed meaningful and comparable work. I will continue to bring together stakeholders to support workers, our community, and the environment and improve Contra Costa’s energy assets.”