The City of Wood River continues to make progress on its new police station. The new facility is being built on the northeast corner of the former Amoco refinery property through a funding agreement with BP.Read the full text
As is fitting for a site this large and complex, BP is using a broad array of both time-tested and state-of-the-art technologies to clean up residual petroleum left over from nearly 75 years of refining operations in Wood River.
At this former refinery location in Wood River, Illinois, BP has launched one of the largest phytoremediation projects it has ever built at any of its industrial cleanup sites—planting 3500 trees on a 24-acre site on the riverfront to help clean up chemical and petroleum impacts in the soil and groundwater.
The refinery gave birth to the City of Wood River in 1909. Standard Oil went on to establish the first school, a municipal band, and a fire department. In 1906, Standard Oil engineers from Whiting Indiana trekked through fertile farmland nestled along the Mississippi River to select a site for a new refinery.