Year Community Panel was Established
The Ponca City Community Advisory Council (CAC) holds monthly meetings which begin with updates on safety and environmental performance followed by information on refinery operations. Many meetings have an educational topic and often focus on environmental topics, such as air quality and groundwater remediation. Other topics of interest include sustainable development and the company’s other operations.
The Ponca City CAC’s mission statement is to establish and maintain a dialogue between the community and Phillips 66 in order to understand community issues and Phillips 66 issues in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, using open, honest communication. With that in mind, members of the CAC solicit input from local community members asking what issues, questions or suggestions they have for Phillips 66. The group uses the results to plan the monthly meetings and other CAC-sponsored events in the community.
CAC members take their membership on the council seriously. They ask hard questions and expect honest answers. Combining this dialogue with occasional tours of the refinery to view the operations provides members with an overall understanding of refinery operations and its impact on the community.
- Organized and conducted annual litter pickup and recycling events for the past three years
- Partnered with National Honor Society students from the Ponca City high school and company Environmental Action Committee employees to pick up 91 bags of litter on a two-mile stretch of highway that serves as an entrance to the city and is close to the refinery
- Worked with a nearby neighborhood elementary school and collected 80 bags of paper and aluminum cans which were taken to the city’s recycling center
- Provided input to the company concerning revitalization of a greenbelt area adjacent to the refinery
- Assisted the company in efforts to communicate a hotline number to the community for people to call if they have questions about company operations
Meetings are held monthly.