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Marathon puts out fire at Galveston Bay refinery

09.24.2013  | 

The fire in the 451,000 bpd refinery's hydrotreater unit burned for about a half-hour on Monday. The refinery, formerly known as BP Texas City, has had numerous problems in recent years.

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By ALISON SIDER

A fire that broke out Monday at Marathon Petroleum's Galveston Bay refinery was quickly extinguished, the company said Tuesday.

The fire in the 451,000 bpd refinery's hydrotreater unit burned for about a half-hour on Monday. No injuries were reported.

In a statement, a spokesman for Marathon declined to comment on the refinery's operations.

Marathon shares closed Monday at $62.99 and were at $62.80 in premarket trade Tuesday. The stock is down around 11% over the last three months.

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(Editor's note: Marathon formally acquired the refinery  from BP on February 1. Known previously as the BP Texas City refinery, it has a long history of environmental violations and accidents.)



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HD Pearson
09.26.2013

I was working in the BP/Amoco plant in 2005 right after the explosion that killed 15 Jacob Contractors, For an engineering company that was contracted to do pump seal revisions......It was the most dangerous facility that I was in, in the last forty years of doing plant contracting.....It was not a problem with the equipment.....it was the operations , maintance, personnel and everyone that worked for the BP/Amoco company. Nothing but a death trap.....The Whiting Indiana refinery was no better....
I have a comment for anyone thinking about going to these two plants....DO NOT DO IT.......The plant only changed the name...the people are still there.....Any problem is addressed by the statement.......how much would the fine be ? ......... HD

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