For years I've passed this oil refinery, noting only that it dominated the landscape beside Highway 52. I have always been struck by our tendency on CDP to present our city and immediate area in the best light as possible. The beautiful people we photograph, restaurants, lovely homes, flowers, and landscapes are only a part of our environment; I thought that this would certainly be an alternative photo; something on which we all rely. This is what I found to describe these photos:
The Pine Bend Refinery is the largest oil refinery in Minnesota, located in the Twin Cities suburbs of Rosemount and Inver Grove Heights next to southern split of U.S. Highway 52 and Minnesota State Highway 55. The refinery is notable for being the largest in the United States to be located in a state without any oil wells. Overall, it ranked 14th in the country as of 2012 by production, with a nameplate capacity of 320,000 barrels (51,000 m) per day.] The facility is owned by Flint Hills Resources (FHR), a subsidiary of Koch Industries.