Residence Purchase Program

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CITY OF COFFEYVILLE – COFFEYVILLE RESOURCES

RESIDENCE PURCHASE PROGRAM

The City of Coffeyville and Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing, LLC today announce a Residential Purchase Program.

Under the Program, Coffeyville Resources will offer to purchase those residential properties in Coffeyville that are most affected by the flood and subsequent oil spill. The Program will be voluntary on the part of homeowners, who will be given the option to sell their residential property at a price that is calculated on the property’s market value prior to the flood.  Under the Program, it is expected that Coffeyville Resources will offer to purchase approximately 300 residences.

Both the City of Coffeyville and Coffeyville Resources Refining  & Marketing, LLC believe this program will speed recovery efforts within this flood-affected area and will help families reestablish their lives.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM,

CALL: 1-800-958-5380

An announcement will be made early next week that will show the residential area of Coffeyville which qualifies for the Program and provide further details on the purchase price mechanism which will be used.

17 comments ↓

#1 sdawg37 on 07.24.07 at 6:41 am

Coffeyville resources, should buy all homes if it wasnt for the oil spill and other toxins that were realeasd,the gates at oolaga could have been opened sooner,therfore the residents had to wait to long too return home. I feel that coffeyville resourses is completly at fault!

#2 kdj699 on 07.24.07 at 5:01 pm

I think that the fact they are even offering to buy any homes is amazing. Most of these homes would have been uninhabitable anyway, even if it weren’t for the oil spill. Remember how much trouble Alaska had with Exxon over the Valdez oil spill? That was a lot bigger and more costly. It would be nice if more companies had this level of responsibility and courage in the face of the actions they take. Part of the “other toxins” you talk about were because of the flooding of several upstream waste treatment plants, again, even if there was no oil spill, there would have been several toxins in the water just from that. Furthermore, opening the gates at Oolagah wouldn’t have helped any. You have to stop the water from coming upstream first, not downstream. The water didn’t “backup” from Oolagah, it came down from the rains in Neodesha and Fredonia and the release of water from Big Hill Lake, Elk City Lake and Toronto Lake among others. What happened was a terrible thing, but you can’t blame Coffeyville Resources for all of the trouble. No one ever expected the levees to be topped by 4 feet. The worse flooding before was only a few inches over what the top of the levee could handle. You can sand bag against that. But can’t do anything about 4 feet. I, for one, applaud Coffeyville Resources for being a good corporate neighbor and exceeding what they should have to do.

#3 thedude on 07.24.07 at 6:48 pm

In my opinion, to totally blame Coffeyville Resources is completely out of line. I doubt that Coffeyville Resources knowingly dumped oil and toxins into the water. To say they are completely at fault is to assume that they intentially caused this. This is a horrific tragedy for our town. We all must come together and work as a team to get through this. This is not the time to circle the wagons and fire inwards. I commend Coffeyville Resources for stepping up and offering to buy homes. They have to draw the line somewhere when buying the houses.

#4 Dad52 on 07.28.07 at 10:41 am

I don’t know how you figure that ALL the damage is the fault of Coffeyville Resources. They didn’t cause the flood. It was an act of God. If not for the flood the spill would have been contained in the refinery and the citizens of Coffeyville would have never known about it. So don’t be pointing fingers at the refinery, because if that refinery wasn’t here this town would be DEAD!!!!

#5 capncorrupto on 07.29.07 at 8:42 am

To all of you who think Coffeyville Resources is here for Coffeyville, you are either naive, blind or stupid. They could care less about our town, they are here for one reason – to make money. Now, I agree the flood happened, however if the oil and other toxins had not been in the water, the flooded homes could have been entered a lot sooner to clean up and repair. Also, this town has been DEAD for many years – the refinery isn’t going to save Coffeyville from extinction.

#6 thedude on 07.29.07 at 4:46 pm

Dear capncorrupto,

If you feel this town is dead, why do you continue to live here? Do us and the town a favor and take your negative attitude someplace else.

#7 kdj699 on 07.29.07 at 8:37 pm

Any business anywhere is there to make money. They wouldn’t be in business otherwise. Obviously, Coffeyville Resources has some vested interest in the community or it could have just said, “Well the refinery is damaged, oil all over the place, We’ll take the insurance money and run.” But they didn’t. Not all the toxins are the refinery’s fault. You have to remember there was fecal matter in the water too, and last I knew the refinery didn’t make that. Most of these homes would have been ruined by the water even if the oil wasn’t in it and I am guessing most didn’t have flood insurance. At least the home owners are going to recoup something without dealing with FEMA.

#8 timberhillgin on 07.30.07 at 5:55 am

I think the user name “capncorrupto” says it all. To say this “this town has been dead for many years” shows a HIGH level of ignorance. Anybody who was here in the ’80’s remember what it was like with no jobs. WE HAVE COME A LONG WAYS SINCE THEN AND WILL CONTINUE. This flood was terrible. Many people have lost everything they had. We got a lot of crap from upstream. There were chemical totes (250 gallon containers) with red flammable labels floating down the river BEFORE it came over the levy.
Thank you to Coffeyville Resources and all the volunteers. We will get through this.

#9 Dad52 on 07.30.07 at 10:05 am

It seems that some people in this town are in a major uproar because the refinery had a spill and the flood just made it worse. Would there be as much finger pointing and blame put on the City if the wastewater plant had been overcome with flood water dumping even more raw sewage into the flood waters?? I then highly doubt that the citizens would be in favor of the City using tax dollars to purchase all the homes that were damaged by the flood waters. But since its private industry lets stick it to them and say that its all their fault.
Also it wasn’t the oil and so called toxins that kept people out of their homes for so long, it was the fact that most were under water for 4 or 5 days and weren’t safe to be entered.

#10 capncorrupto on 07.30.07 at 1:24 pm

Dear Dude,
Thank you for the feedback, I appreciate open and honest communication. Let me ask you some questions about Coffeyville – have you driven around town lately? Have you noticed the hundreds of potholes that line the main highway through town (not to mention the regular streets)? Have you noticed the hundreds of blight homes and filth? Are there new businesses lined up to take stake in Coffeyville? What about the ones that have left? What about the 3 vacant and dilapidated schools?

#11 Dad52 on 08.05.07 at 7:33 am

Hey!!! Sounds like we might have a candidate that wants to be a City Commissioner!!!

#12 budlight67335 on 08.06.07 at 10:14 am

If everyone rembers the town meeting, and what happened, every one was up set and mad at Coffeyville Resources because they were only going to donate so much money. I was there, and I was upset to, and I am still up set, but Coffeyville Resources is doing more, witch is good and every one is working together, so every one keep up the good work.

#13 kimo on 08.10.07 at 12:25 am

No the Co-op, now Coffeyville Resources, isn’t responsible for the flood but they are responsible for the maintenance of their equipment and the facility. So they are responsible for the oil spill and what came out of that facility.
Now for the flood, I think the City of Coffeyville and the managers of the lakes upstream that were built for the purpose of flood control. Would that be the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District? They may come back and say these lakes provide recreation, but I would be willing to bet to get the money to build them it was for flood control.
Could Coffeyville have survived the rising water if water had not been released upstream at that time, we will never know. I understand that we had unseasonable rains and that everything was filling up, but did they have to release more water at that time. Would the flood have been as bad if water had not been released for Elk City and other reservoirs at that time?
And for “capncorrupto” I offer that you are the one who is naïve, blind and stupid. Coffeyville Resources the Co-op has been providing jobs in Coffeyville for years. I am now 63 years old and remember my father working out there for years until he left them to take another job in Coffeyville doing something that he had always wanted to do. We had and have friends and neighbors who have worked there for years. In my opinion what started the decline of the business district of Coffeyville when urban renewal came to town and reconstructed Ninth Street and made it harder for customers to get to the stores that were there. You take about vacant and dilapidated schools in Coffeyville, when I was in grade school all of those schools were full, things change. There simply aren’t enough kids to keep all those schools open. Of the kids I grew up with, the job market in Coffeyville couldn’t support all of us as adults so we left for various reasons. Some left to pursue a higher education, some for work and family and some for the military. I left when I joined the Navy to see the world and I did that.
My suggestion to you is the same I give to people from other countries when they talk about how good it is in the country they are from and how bad it is here, “There’s the door, don’t let it hit you on your back side on the way out”.

#14 lindsayoyler on 08.14.07 at 11:27 am

I was born and raised in Coffeyville but I haven’t lived there in 5 years. My parents still live there and I check this site from time to time to keep myself updated on the clean-up efforts and rebuilding process. The tragedy still struck those of us who have left Coffeyville, as it is truly bizarre to see the places that you made so many childhood memories completely destroyed. Those of you who still live there are in our minds and hearts.

But I must say it is truly sad to see the finger-pointing and bickering that has risen out of the tragedy. What happened is truly that- a tragedy. It was also a freak occurrence that could not be prevented. My parents live in a designated “flood zone” and we lived through many floods when I was a child, but this time the floodwaters did not even get in the house- I think that is one of the very clear indicators of just how much of a complete freak occurrence this flood really was. There was no precedent set for this event, and that is what makes it difficult to deal with.

I was very surprised when I heard about the preparations for the events- such as extra sand-bagging efforts and even buses picking up citizens in the affected areas prior to the event. These are things that were not required, and they should be appreciated.

As for the refinery, I too was shocked that they offered to buy homes. Many regions throughout the nation- and the world- are struck by natural disasters and receive NO FINANCIAL RECOMPENSE. They start from scratch and are forced to face the fact that natural disasters happen and sometimes there really is no one to blame.

The refinery itself, which has served as an economic backbone for Coffeyville for several years, was also devastated in this freak occurrence. The fact that they were willing to provide financial recompense of this magnitude is a testament to their willingness to cooperate and keep the support of Coffeyville citizens. I am happy that the refinery is choosing to do this, but I am also disappointed to see such a huge blame placed on them.

Communities have always thrived by being built near large water sources, and they have always thrived by bringing in businesses to provide employment- therefore I just don’t want Coffeyville citizens to “bite the hand that feeds them.”

#15 thegrl10 on 08.15.07 at 4:25 am

The flood wasnt the refinerys falt! thats just nature. things like that happens like the flood back in the 60’s. But the oil is all their fault. they knew earlier that day that they would be getting evacuated. they should of shut down every valve off to those tanks after filling them instead of bein in a rush and turning them off after working in 3 ft of water at 11 that nite. i believe they left the oil valve open on purpose cause they knew that if the water damaged more than they would beable to buy more land and turn this town into a filthy town. its already bad enough as it is. whats goin to happen when they buy all those homes and then we happen to get another flood and its worse. are they going to leave more valves open so they can get more land? what is god planning on this town to be? why do we even need this refinery? all its doing is causing troubles when they have the turn around. people getting rapped and shootings and etc. but back onto what i was talking about…the money they are spending to “build on” to the refinery could be spent on things for teens…such as a strip mall…a teens club for them to gather and talk and not get into as much trouble as they do now, go out get pregnant and so forth. This town complains about teens gettin into trouble but yet they dont spend no money on them so they CAN have a place to hang out other then the pool during the summer or the skating rink during the fall….now is the oppurtunity to do that! STEP up and think about others and not just think about the refinery. they are already big as it is. why do they need to be bigger?

#16 thedude on 08.20.07 at 6:04 am

Dear Capncorrupto,

If you are so upset with the condition of the town, why do you continue to live here? If I disliked a town as much as you seem too, then I would move. Don’t continue to let the town make so you upset. As for the run-down schools, I would speak with the three seperate entities that own them. The schools district no longer owns those buildings. Lets not forget about the beautiful elementary building that is on our town. In my opinion, it adds a lot fo beauty to this town.

#17 capncorrupto on 09.07.07 at 10:20 am

Dear Dude,
I do not live in Coffeyville. I was visiting some friends and assisting them with relocation. I have visited your community pre-flood and noticed the blight, filth, and deplorable road conditions (I coudn’t tell which lane I was in due to no striping) No crosswalks are painted, tall grass and weeds line the highways. Your citizens and city officials have no respect for a community with a rich history and culture. Why don’t you step up and do something.

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