The workers at a Texas oilfield compressor station have been demanding more work and better pay for years, demanding the federal government lift a decades-old ban on drilling on their property.
The strike, which started Tuesday, began when oil workers at the Preston Pipelines’ Preston station in Texas went on strike over pay, scheduling and benefits.
They want the government to allow them to drill again on their land, an area that stretches along the coast of southern Texas.
The workers want more work, the union said in a statement, and the federal Bureau of Land Management should allow the field to be reopened.
The Preston refinery is the nation’s largest refinery and one of the world’s largest, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
The refinery has been closed since the 1980s.
It is one of many refineries that have been closed or severely damaged during the spill, and is one that some companies have tried to reopen in recent years.