A study of how to boycott the Koch Brothers written by Paul:
This paper will discuss only the Minnesota half of their operation, not Koch’s Texas refinery.
It is possible to boycott Koch refineries. While it is not 100% exact, there are some accurate methods. If you are buying Holiday or Kwik Tri[p gasoline, you are probably buying Koch gasoline. If you are buying gasoline, and it says “Blue Planet” on the pump, you are definitely buying Koch gasoline. If you are buying your gasoline at Superamerica or Marathon, you are almost certainly not buying Koch gasoline.
Koch Industries owns two refineries under the name Flint Hills Resources. On the Corpus Christi, TX, ship canal their operation is actually three refineries together, which is Flint Hills Resources Texas. They refine about 300,000 barrels per day (BPD). In Minnesota, there is the Pine Bend refinery, in Rosemount, which is south of St. Paul. This refinery processes 277,000 BPD. They had a refinery in Alaska, but they recently closed it.
To understand we need to briefly discuss:
· The crude oil
· the crude oil pipelines
· the refineries
· the refined product pipelines
· and, most importantly, the retailers
Here I refer you to the petinfra.pdf document which tells about the the first 4 of the items. It is a document prepared for the Minnesota State legislature entitled “Minnesota’s Petroleum Infrastructure: Pipelines, Refineries, Terminals”. Here is the link. http://archive.leg.state.mn.us/search.aspx?q=petinfra.pdf *
This document is excellent, and I encourage you to read it, it is sort and succinct and full of good info.
The relevent information I will use is that primarily Canadian crude oil is delivered through three pipelines, all belonging to the Koch brothers, delivering to two refineries in the Twin Cities area. These two refineries produce over 2/3 of Minnesotas petroleum products. The remaining petroleum products mainly arrive through refined product pipelines.
The two refineries are:
· Kochs – The Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery, in Rosemount,MN, refines 277,000 barrels per day total.
· In South St Paul there is the St Paul Park Refinery at 74,000 gallons per day.
From the petinvra.pdf document: “Fifty-one percent of the crude inputs to the St. Paul Park refinery in 2011 were from Canada, with the remainder from North Dakota. Some 375 million gallons of gasoline and diesel produced at the refinery were sold to Super America and Marathon convenience stores that year, 90 percent of it in Minnesota.” *
The St Paul Park refinery is owned by Northern Tier Energy, which also owns Superamerica stores. From their website, “As of March 31, 2014, the retail business operated 164 convenience stores under the SuperAmerica brand and also supported 79 franchised convenience stores, which are also operated under the SuperAmerica brand. These convenience stores are located primarily in Minnesota and Wisconsin and sell various grades of gasoline and diesel, tobacco products and immediately consumable items such as non-alcoholic beverages, beer, prepared food and a large variety of snacks and prepackaged items. The refinery supplies substantially all of the gasoline and diesel sold in the company-operated and franchised convenience stores.”
Per the report*, “Flint Hills (Koch) refinery, which is estimated to produce about half of Minnesota’s gasoline and diesel supplies and 80 percent of the jet fuel used at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. It also supplies 30 percent to 40 percent of Wisconsin’s transportation fuels, through Kwik Trip convenience stores and other retail outlets.”
In a Flint Hills Resources press release concerning their purchase of Alaska operations, it adds “Holiday Stationstores (www.holidaystationstores.com) has 350 combination convenience stores/gas stations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. Owned by Holiday Companies, Holiday Stationstores is the sole distributor of low-sulfur Blue Planet(tm) gasoline, produced by Flint Hills Resources in Minnesota…….”.
Holiday also owns Erickson stationstores per the website Lil Sis. (http://littlesis.org/org/74525/Holiday_Companies).
At one of the “boycott Koch” websites a contributor lists:
Koch Industry Gasoline:
I have not been able to find this linkage. I looked for about a half hour.
Koch also owns some of the corn ethanol plants that produce the alchohol for oxygenated gasoline.
I think this pretty much sums up the Holiday and Superamerica stores, but there are two other categories. First the big, traditional name brands like Shell, BP, Amoco, Exxon and others which I suspect send their own gasoline up through the refined petroleum pipelines. Second are the smaller stations like the mom and pops and the smaller chains. Here I would guess they get their gas from all of the above. I think it would take a long time to track all of these down. At one of the retail store sites it listed their MSDS sheets. (Federally required material safety data sheets which are required to be at each location). It listed the Koch refinery right on the sheet.
So, to summarize, I think if you buy from Superamerica or Marathon, you are very unlikely to be getting Koch gas. If you buy from Holiday or KwikTrip you are very likely to be getting Koch gas. Beyond that, I would first try the other big names.
These are most of the sites I got info from and notes:
http://www.holidaystationstores.com/aboutus.aspx Holiday info
http://www.fhrfuels.com/refineries/corpuschristi.aspx Koch refineries
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/20/1285994/-Koch-Power-Raised-Gasoline-Prices-By-40-Cents-A-Gallon-Overnight# Daily Cos
http://www.muckety.com/3B6B3704ACC9E4C140C10EAF9E69B5EF.map?autoGroup=7,7 Octopus of the Koch Bros Enterprises
http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/21/private-companies-10_Holiday-Companies_UL9J.html Info on Holiday, $3B per year Owned by the Erickson Bros
Per Flint Hills Website, Alaskan Refining is closed From flint hills press release Holiday Stationstores (www.holidaystationstores.com) has 350 combination convenience stores/gas stations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. Owned by Holiday Companies, Holiday Stationstores is the sole distributor of low-sulfur Blue Planet(tm) gasoline, produced by Flint Hills Resources in Minnesota, which is recognized by the American Lung Association of Minnesota as a Clean Air Choice. Holiday Companies, founded in Wisconsin in 1928, is ranked in the top half of the Forbes 500 Largest Private Companies.
http://www.politifact.com/personalities/americans-prosperity/statements/ analysis of Koch ads
http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/energy/nonrenewable/crude.php says that 47%of each bbl is refined to gasoline. At the Mobil site for the Joliet, IL refinery, it says with all their crackers they can get 90% motor fuels (much higher that 47% gasoline)
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CCgQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpinebendrefinery.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F08%2F7-20-11-Environmental-awards.pdf&ei=VW_cU5myDoqdyAS_7oHgAg&usg=AFQjCNFpr5WzK6V14g8NwceZTJVAI0iqDg&sig2=tOBl2R1ATVBlZz8rVcl3FQ&bvm=bv.72197243,d.aWw Has terminal locations
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDQQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.house.leg.state.mn.us%2Fhrd%2Fpubs%2Fpetinfra.pdf&ei=8NfcU6HuC4GbyATFvoCQBg&usg=AFQjCNEz0-vW0JRgzIAsXBAtIMPZoWhTxg&sig2=Jb-qDKKym2ZI6ESop9-GGA&bvm=bv.72197243,d.aWw&cad=rja This is the “petinfra.pdf” state of MN summary and map of MN pipelines (very good info)
This is a blurb I replaced with the petinfra.pdf document!!!!!!!
The crude comes to the MN refineries through 3 pipelines. , all which belong to Koch. Two pipelines from MN Pipeline Co (MPL) brings crude from Northern MN, where it comes from Canada, the Canadian tar sands, and North Dakotas Bakken Shale through an Enbridge pipeline. There is a third pipeline bringing a small amount of crude from the gulf coast states, the Wood River pipeline (Koch), which goes to the Pine Bend refinery.
In Minnesota and the adjoining states there are four refineries.
· Kochs – The Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery, in Rosemount,MN, refines 339,000 barrels per day total.
· In South St Paul there is the
· Calumet Specialty Products Partners has a 45,000-barrel per-day refinery in Superior, WI, which was recently owned by Murphy Oil.
· In the middle of North Dakota there is the Mandan Tesoro refinery which is 71,000 BPD.
Refined product pipeline
There are also pipelines bringing already refined products into MN (I. e. gas and diesel). These are the BP Amoco, Magellan, and Nustar pipelines.
minnesota and the surrounding states are in PAD district 2.
Two refineries in MN, 1 in Superior WI.
The Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount is Koch,
the Northern Tier in St Paul Park is Northern Tier.
The Superior WI refinery is Calumet Specialty Products at http://www.calumetspecialty.com/ It was Murphy until about 7/25/2011
“Blue Planet” gasoline is a Holiday trademark which is produced by Koch.
http://www.ntenergy.com/ Northern Tier Energy is the other refinery in MN and has SuperAmerica (243 stores)
Seems pretty sure that SuperAmerica is Norhern Tier, Holiday is Koch, Kwik Trip is Koch (per the MSDS Sheets), and Calumet I can’t find anything.
This is from:
Considering the Koch Brothers are the biggest threat to our nation since WW 2 it might be helpful to know how to keep money out of their evil hands
Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:
Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
Vanity fair napkins
Koch Industry/Invista Products:
SOMERELLE® bedding products
TACTESSE® carpet fiber
TERATHANE® polyether glycol
POLARGUARD® fiber and
Georgia Pacific Building products
Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-
Arts & Crafts Plaster
General Purpose Plaster
Glass-reinforced Gypsum (GRG)
Industrial Tooling Plaster
Investment Casting Plaster
Metal Casting Plaster
FibreStrong Rim board
G/P Lam board
Blue Ribbon OSB Rated Sheathing
Blue Ribbon Sub-floor
DryGuard Enhanced OSB
Nautilus Wall Sheathing
Thermostat OSB Radiant Barrier Sheathing
Broadspan Engineered Wood Products
XJ 85 I-Joists
FireDefender Banded Cores
FireDefender Mineral Core
Hardboard and Thin MDF including Auto Hardboard,
Perforated Hardboard and Thin MDF
Wood Fiberboard –
Commercial Roof Fiberboard
Hushboard Sound Deadening Board
Regular Fiberboard Sheathing
Structural Fiberboard Sheathing
Both refineries are supplied by the Minnesota pipeline company, LLC
Article about where your gas comes from
http://www.inspirationgreen.com/koch-brothers-products.html interesting eco facts
Written By: Paul