Island is the site of the first oil refinery in the United Statesrefining
first whale oil, then fish oil, then kerosene. Pennsylvania crude was
brought in after whale oil became more expensive to obtain and alcohol
fuel was highly taxed, and so set the United States on its trajectory
of petroleum dependence. Now, as easily accessed petroleum supply is at
its peak, Fish Island is a place to revisit energy choices and craft new
paradigms for a new age of zero dependency on finite energy supplies.
of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the
place for the first time."
Eliot 1888-1964, poet, playwright, and critic