Monday, 22 October, 2018

Expert Expresses Concern About Refinery Safety In Wake of Irving Blast

Explosions rock Canada’s largest oil refinery as energy company confirms ‘major incident' Irving Oil refinery in Saint John New Brunswick FILE
Melinda Barton | 09 October, 2018, 15:28

Irving Oil says a "major incident" happened at its oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., this morning.

CBC News reports people nearby reported a "bed shaking explosion" and police are urging people to avoid the area.

A massive oil refinery blast shook this historic port city Monday, sending flames and black smoke high into the sky but causing only four minor injuries - and leaving officials relieved it wasn't far worse.

At this hour, it's unknown if there are injuries.

Scott said there had been a malfunction in the refinery's diesel treating unit, where sulphur is removed from diesel fuel.

"We can confirm that a major incident has occurred at our Saint John refinery this morning", it said in a statement. "We are actively assessing the situation at this time and will share more information when available".

While emergency response crews are on the scene, it is not clear how many units are there.

But then Daeres opened her curtains and saw the flames and thick, black smoke, she said.

"And my concern is that there's a power imbalance between the power regulator and these large refining companies", said Tucker.

"I'm watching the news, like everyone else", he said.

An explosion at a refinery in Canada's east coast has left residents shaken and concerned.

"We need more attention there, and it would lead to safe proximity for residential communities", he said.

The plant has the capacity to refine 320,000 barrels per day of gasoline, diesel heating oil, jet fuel and other petroleum products, according to CNBC.

Nate Guimond, 36, told the AP he was doing house repairs when he saw smoke. "I heard a rumbling, roaring sound".

He chose to drive by the refinery and said he was nearby when he felt the vibrations of what he assumed must have been a second explosion.

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