Roxana, Illinois

Roxana, Illinois

At the town’s height, there were three oil refineries, like this one.[/caption]The town of Roxana, Ill., sits at the end point of one of the country’s biggest pipelines. Oil’s been good to Roxana. Once upon a time, three refineries, along with steel mills and manufacturing plants, employed tens of thousands of people. But then the economy changed. The factories and two of the refineries shut down. And in 1986, one of the pipelines that brings oil to Roxana broke and the town has been living with the consequences ever since. Producer Scott Carrier reports.

“The smell of prosperity or illness?” aired on APM Marketplace June 29, 2012:

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