Toledo used to be known as the largest refining center between the Atlantic coast and Chicago. At one (1) time Toledo had four (4) oil refineries, all located on the eastern side of the Maumee River, in east Toledo and Oregon, OH.
These four (4) refineries were Sohio (Standard Oil Of Ohio), Sunoco, Gulf, and Pure. Sohio became a BP company and continues to invest and operate its' huge complex in Oregon, OH. Sunoco continues to refine on Woodville Road in east Toledo.
The Gulf Oil refinery was located on Front Street, on the water, in east Toledo. The brownfield site (or a close-by brownfield area) are now being plotted for a large coking (steel processing) facility that will be built. The Pure Oil refinery was located at the curving junction of Otter Creek Road and Bay Shore Road, in Oregon. My uncle worked there as a scientist.
(Way off-topic: I still have a spinning top that has the Pure Oil logo. This puppy is so well-balanced that you can give it a good spin on a flat and smoooth surface and it will spin for minutes.)
The reason Toledo's refining history comes to mind is that the high gas prices we are all experiencing. North America has a refining capacity issue. Over the years there were probably a large number of refineries that were closed, for whatever reasons.....technology, space, consolidation, age of equipment, etc.
Yes, we all know the reasons behind the refining capacity issue: A world economy that wants refined petroleum, low mileage vehicles, sprawl, a reluctance to invest in new refining facilities because of possible changes to the engines that propel us, etc.
Well, gotta go now. Going for a ride.
Bear On Bay Shore Road