• FOX23 Investigates: Neighbors question Tulsa refinery's offer to buy nearby homes

    By: Janna Clark , Ryan Love

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    TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa's refinery -- Holly Frontier -- is offering to buy some families' homes nearby its property in west Tulsa.

    Neighbors told FOX23's Janna Clark that over the last few years a Holly representative has approached them about buying their homes, but without giving a reason. Some neighbors say they think Holly wants to create a buffer zone.

    Holly has already purchased 91 properties near the refinery and workers have torn more of them down and turned them into empty lots.

    FOX23 reached out to Holly Frontier about their reasoning for buying these homes but they declined an interview and sent the following statement:

    "We care about the communities in which we work and are committed to respectfully working together with our neighbors. At many of our operating locations, including Tulsa, we purchase land surrounding our refineries for a variety of commercial purposes. With operations dating back more than 100 years, we count it a privilege to continue operating the Tulsa refining complex and investing in this community." - Holly Frontier

    Tulsans have complained about what they have seen and smelled in the area -- 171 complaints to the Department of Environmental Quality since 2015. The DEQ investigated and found some violations.

    FOX23 asked Holly Frontier about the complaints and violations and they referred back to their previous statement.


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