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Refinery Fires - Cause Unknown Or Untold?

CAUSE UNKNOWN or UNTOLD?


By Patricia Johnson

February 20th 2004 - Friday
" Fire reported at Tesoro California refinery
"

Tesoro
Petroleum Corporation
Martinez CA
(click here)

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March 9th 2004 - Tuesday
" Fire reported at Marathon Ashland Garyville refinery "
Marathon Ashland Petroleum
Garyville LA
(click here)

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March 23rd 2004 - Tuesday
" Subduing Oklahoma fire
"

Sunoco
Tulsa OK
(click here)

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March 27th 2004 - Saturday
" Rosemount refinery fire could push up gasoline prices "
Flint Hills Resources
Rosemount MN
(click here)

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March 30th 2004 - Tuesday
" Explosion rocks Texas City refinery"
British Petroleum
Refinery
Texas City TX
(click here)

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April 1st 2004 - Thursday
"Exxon Mobil chemical plant unit damaged in blaze"
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Baytown TX
(click here)

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April 9th 2004 - Friday
" Refinery explosion near Gallup, N.M. hospitalizes four with serious injuries"
Giant Industries Refinery
Gallup NM
(click here)

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National average retail price of regular gasoline $1.78/gal. as of 4/05/2004
Source: DOE
(click here)

When the F.B.I. Houston Joint Terrorism Task Force issued the advisory on March 25 to the Texas petrochemical industry, it was intended to warn the oil industry of potential terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda “near the time of the November presidential election” (click here).

Most articles linked above are listing the cause of the explosions and subsequent fires as unknown, but my guess is we either need to send all refinery workers back to school for a refresher course in safety procedures, or this country is crawling with Al Qaeda.

Whatever the cause of the fires, it may be a good idea to keep your tanks filled as gas prices will only go up, up, up....

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© 2004 Patricia Johnson

Patricia Johnson is a freelance writer residing in the Midwest


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