Multiple injuries reported after explosion rocks Wis. refinery

Refinery explosion in Superior, Wis., injures at least 20
'Multiple casualties' in explosion at Wisconsin oil refinery
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27 April, 2018

The explosion broke out at Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wis., the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. "Everything kind of shook". They felt it at Belknap Plaza. Androsky was using his wrecker to block traffic at one point to allow emergency vehicles to enter. The main concern is evacuating residents in the area in a safe and timely manner, said Superior Mayor Jim Paine. At this point Stein could not categorize how many people might be affected by the evacuation order. "We can't get people close enough to actually put the fire out".

"St. Luke's has set up an incident command center and we are fully prepared to receive patients from the explosion at the refinery in Superior". "We've invested in equipment and infrastructure".

State Rep. Rick Milroy issued a statement that today's "disaster at the refinery in Superior has left everyone with a deep sense of worry and heavy hearts for all of the workers and families involved". Injuries have been reported, but thank God that no fatalities have been reported. They are trying to get upwind of the smoke. More information to come when available.

A spokesman for the City of Duluth, which lies across the Saint Louis Bay and River from Superior, said: "The City of Duluth is saddened to hear of the explosion at the Husky refinery in Superior, Wisconsin".

"We need to ensure the entire area is safe before OSHA or anyone else goes into the area", Allen said.

In 2012 and 2013 there were four reports of hydrogen sulfide releases due to power outages, according to the National Response Center. Husky's first priority is the safety of its people, the community and emergency responders.

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Calgary-based Husky Energy bought the refinery from Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners past year for more than $490 million.

The refinery, the only one in Wisconsin, has about 180 employees. He said the refinery is now undergoing a $30 million expansion project.

Patrick DeHaan, an oil industry analyst for gasbuddy.com, said because the Superior refinery doesn't produce a lot of gasoline, he didn't anticipate the blast would have much of an impact on fuel supplies.

Husky Energy bought the 50,000-barrel-per-day Superior Refinery past year for about $496 million from Calumet Specialty Products Partners.

The Superior refinery was built in 1950, acquired by Murphy Oil in 1958 and sold to Indianapolis-based Calumet for $475 million in 2011.


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