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Hot month for refineries

Posting on behalf of Jeff…

The United Steelworkers (USW) reports that there have been at least six refinery fires in the last two-and-a-half weeks. The most recent was at LyondellBasell in Houston on May 17 in a crude distillation unit, where residual oil and diesel fuel caught fire. No one was injured but residents were told to shut their windows and stay inside.

Other fires include one on May 5 at AGE Refining in San Antonio, Texas, where two workers were injured; a flange fire at Valero’s Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery on May 10; a boiler fire at Marathon’s Garyville, La., refinery on May 11 that injured two workers; a day later on May 12 there was a fire at the Evergreen Oil Refinery in Newark, Calif.; and on May 17 a small fire occurred at Shell’s Deer Park, Texas, facility.

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