Delay of long-awaited refinery accident report signals divisions at Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby

A last-minute change to a public meeting on a 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Washington State has board members "embarrassed."

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"… 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 …"

"… 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 independ …"

"… ions. “We are embarrassed by the pattern of unmet promises” about the Tesoro report, the two board members wrote to Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen, saying …"

"… .Va., this month. The draft report, released Thursday, sharply criticizes Tesoro’s safety culture, saying the company failed to identify and fix the dama …"

Chemical board's unfinished investigations hinder agency mission, IG finds

By Chris Hamby

A backlog of Chemical Safety Board investigations hinders the agency's ability to help prevent future accidents, a new IG report concludes.

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"… is the report on the 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Wash. This delay has prompted criticism …"

"… Safety Board has still failed to complete its investigation of the tragic Tesoro refinery accident in Washington state," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said i …"

As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which probes chemical accidents, is under attack for its slow investigative pace.

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"… investigations in a timely manner. On April 2, 2010, an explosion at the Tesoro Corp. oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., killed five workers instantly and …"

"… ommendations aimed at preventing similar tragedies. Yet three years after Tesoro and Deepwater Horizon, both inquiries remain open — exemplars of a chemi …"

"… long years, the CSB has failed to complete its investigation of the tragic Tesoro refinery accident,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in a written statem …"

"… er, and the CSB must be held accountable for this ridiculous delay.” At Tesoro, a tube-like device called a heat exchanger came apart, triggering an infe …"

IMPACT: Refinery union to seek safety fixes in contract talks

By Corbin Hiar

Refinery workers union says it will seek safer steps to prevent recurring fires and hazards

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"… inspected in more than a decade, according to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. The aging heat exchanger burst, engulfing the workers in …"

"… ikely be completed by early 2012, according to the state’s Department of Labor & Industries. Steve Garey, a worker at the Anacortes refinery and pres …"

IMPACT: Reform boosts workplace safety even while companies appeal inspectors' conclusions

By Jim Morris and Emma Schwartz

Some employers must fix hazards while challenging regulators' findings

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesoro":

"… he governor, Chris Gregoire, on April 15, a year after an explosion at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Wash., that killed seven workers.The law, tak …"

"… he new law is enforced, a process that could take months.San Antonio-based Tesoro faces a potential fine of $2.39 million for 44 alleged violations, 39 of w …"

"… estion is, How long will it remain so?”In a written statement Wednesday, Tesoro spokesman Mike Marcy said that because the company is "dedicated to operat …"

"… steps regardless of any government action," said Marcy. In February, Tesoro disputed a state finding that the company “disregarded a host of workpla …"

One year after tragedy, agency urges oil refineries to invest in safety

By Chris Hamby

Year after tragedy, government pleads for prevention

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"… nbsp;    …"

"… uard’s National Response Center.Equipment failure was at the root of the Tesoro explosion.  The piece of equipment that blew apart was almost 40 year …"

"… ain the exchanger over the years,” he said.In a statement to the Center, Tesoro spokesman Mike Marcy said the company agrees with the board about the spec …"

"… ut added: “We disagree, however, with the chairman's characterization of Tesoro’s operations at Anacortes.  The heat exchanger was maintained and i …"

Regulatory flaws, repeated violations put oil refinery workers at risk

By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell

The nation’s refineries are plagued by equipment failures and sometimes-fatal accidents that in many cases could have been prevented.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesoro":

"… re committed to driving shareholder value.” …"

"… he hospital, he survived 22 days before succumbing.Events like the April 2 Tesoro explosion, as well as many harrowingly close calls, occur more often at th …"

"… ing ignored,” Moure-Eraso said.At Anacortes, state regulators concluded, Tesoro hadn’t adequately inspected the welds that ruptured in 12 years — a ch …"

"… apart because cracks had developed along its weld seams,” Steve Garey, a Tesoro machinist and president of the local United Steelworkers union, told the C …"

Renegade Refiner: OSHA says BP has “systemic safety problem”

By Jim Morris and M.B. Pell

Two refineries owned by oil giant BP account for 97 percent of all flagrant violations found in the refining industry by government safety i

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesoro":

"… not intervene effectively to prevent it.”On April 2, 2010, a fire at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Washington, killed seven workers. The refiner …"

"… rsight are limited to BP.”Indeed, on April 2 of this year, a fire at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Washington, killed seven workers. The cause o …"

"… or two process units.” He questioned its effectiveness, noting that the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes was cited in October 2008 for 17 serious process saf …"

"… ety specialist with the Steelworkers, happened to be in Anacortes when the Tesoro refinery caught fire last month. Six of the seven workers killed belonged …"