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Steelworkers Union to Gov: Help Us Stave Off Refinery Shut Down

·By civilbeat

The United Steelworkers Union isn’t taking news that Tesoro is closing its Hawaii refinery lightly. 

The union delivered 5,000 petitions to Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday, asking him to help find a buyer for the Kapolei refinery, according to a union press release. 

Tesoro announced in January 2012 that it was exiting the Hawaii market and looking for a buyer for its refinery. But after a year-long search, the company said it was unable to find a suitable buyer.

From the press release: 

The activists also requested that the governor appoint a USW representative to