Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Residents Return Home Following Refinery Explosion, Fire

Wisconsin city evacuated after Husky Energy refinery fire Fire Out At Twin Ports Refinery
| 29 April, 2018, 01:11

The evacuations extended 10 miles south of the refinery, three miles east and west, and one mile north. According to the mayor of Superior, most of the residents of the town of 27,000 were evacuated following the explosion.

Despite the refinery being located in an industrial area, there is a residential area about a mile from it.

Neither the police department nor the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency immediately responded to phone messages.

In all, 21 people sought hospital care as a result of the fire, and all but one has been released, the News Tribune reported. Authorities have said there are no known fatalities. From there, they can pass directly into a person's bloodstream, said Neil Carman, a former refinery inspector for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, now with the Sierra Club.

Essentia Health sent a statement on Friday morning, saying they treated a total of 16 patients, with some additional people being treated and released Thursday evening with minor injuries.


Talarico says another five are being treated at St. Mary's Hospital in Superior, Wisconsin, where the explosion happened. "So that's pretty fantastic for us", she said.

The facility, which refines 38,000 barrels of oil a day, was shut on Friday as firefighters monitored hot spots from the fire within the plant, said Husky spokeswoman Kim Guttormson. After an initial blaze was extinguished, a storage tank was punctured, and a second fire erupted, Husky Energy spokesman Mel Duvall said.

A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a large refinery in Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring several people and prompting fire officials to urge people living near the still-burning plant to evacuate their homes. All Superior schools closedFriday due to the fire.

Alberta-based Husky Energy bought the refinery from Calumet Specialty Products Partners previous year for over $490 million.

Morrison said potential water pollution remains a concern at the refinery, which is operated by Calgary, Alberta-based Husky Energy. "And the difference between those two days is the hard work, skill and professionalism of hundreds and hundreds of people ... the team that really managed this crisis had prepared for this a long time and when the crisis came they had the cool head, they acted with sound judgment and, in many cases, downright courage".

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