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Tesoro plans to invest $460 million to physically connect, further integrate and upgrade our adjacent Carson and Wilmington facilities, so that our combined Los Angeles Refinery operates more cleanly and efficiently. The proposed project will improve air quality, substantially reduce local emissions, upgrade refinery equipment and provide significant benefits to the local economy.

Tesoro is committed to being a good neighbor in the communities where we operate. Upgrading and further integrating our Carson and Wilmington facilities allows our Los Angeles Refinery to operate more cleanly and efficiently. This will reduce local emissions, support local jobs, increase local business revenues, generate millions in tax revenues that may be used for local priorities and help Tesoro continue to meet stringent state and regional air quality requirements.

Yes. The proposed project will substantially reduce the refinery’s greenhouse gas emissions locally – the equivalent of removing 13,500 passenger vehicles from local roads each year. NOx, SOx, PM and CO emissions will also be reduced. VOCs are expected to increase.

Yes. During peak construction, the proposed project is expected to require approximately 700 construction workers. Overall, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), Tesoro’s investment in the LARIC project is expected to generate economic activity that will create more than 4,000 jobs in Southern California, resulting in nearly $265 million in local labor income over the course of the project.

Based on the LAEDC’s study, the LARIC project is expected to generate more than $86 million in total tax revenues, including nearly $32 million in state and local tax revenues. The project is also expected to add more than $702 million in local business revenues to Southern California’s economy.

At Tesoro, the safety of our employees, contractors, local communities and the environment is our top priority, and we are committed to completing and operating the LARIC project in a safe and responsible way.

The project physically connects and further integrates our two existing, adjacent Carson and Wilmington facilities. It does not expand the property boundaries of either facility or the refinery as a whole. As a result of the proposed project, the integrated refinery’s crude oil and feedstock processing capability is expected to increase slightly, by approximately 2%, or 6,000 barrels per day. The project does not include equipment modifications capable of increasing the integrated refinery’s throughput capacity beyond this small amount.

Tesoro’s Los Angeles Refinery processes crude oil from a variety of domestic and international sources. The types of crude oil and feedstocks processed will not change as a result of the proposed project.

Pending permitting and approvals, we expect to begin construction in the second half of 2016 and complete most construction activities by the end of 2018. Construction activities associated with the crude oil storage tanks are expected to continue inside the refinery’s boundaries until March 2021.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is the lead agency responsible for thoroughly reviewing the proposed project for environmental impacts, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This review process includes opportunity for public input. Certain permit approvals are also required from the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, City of Carson and City of Los Angeles.

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  • Wilmington
  • (310) 522-6001
  • 2101 E. Pacific Coast Hwy
  • Wilmington, CA 90744
  • Community Hotline:
    (310) 522-6367
  • Carson
  • (310) 816-8100
  • 2350 East 223rd Street
  • Carson, CA 90810
  • Community Hotline:
    (800) 377-2726