Editor’s note, Jan. 30: This story has been updated to include a summary of a draft report on the Tesoro accident by the Chemical Safety Board, and a statement by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. In the almost four years since an explosion at the Tesoro Corp. oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., killed seven workers, the […]
Category: Fueling Fears
The nation’s refineries are plagued by recurring equipment failures and sometimes-fatal fires, explosions and chemical releases that in many cases could have been prevented. An easily manipulated regulatory system and resistance from a politically influential industry place workers at risk and endanger nearby communities.