South Philly Refinery Complex: The Atlantic Refinery
Producing nearly 50% of the world's fuel and 35% of all U.S petroleum exports by 1891, the Atlantic Refinery proved to be the center of innovation and mass production. Originating in the heart of Philadelphia, the Schuylkill river became one of the busiest canals, supporting the daily exports of cargo. Being the home to many of the refinery's ports, the river suffered from paraffin-based oil explosions to rioters dumping tonnes of oil. Despite being a great source of income for the city, the abandoned structures on the Schuylkill river continue to serve as a reminder of the economic ambitions and environmental tragedy the Atlantic Refinery left behind.