Sunday, January 24, 2016

1955 Whiting, IN Refinery Fire Video

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This video is just a minute and is a reminder of how dangerous refinery plants can be.

I have several pictures of the refinery in Romeoville because when I am in the area, I go on the high-bridge of 135th Street to check for action on the BNSF/Santa Fe, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and the coal pile of the power plant. This is the refinery that blew a tall (huge) pressure tower a few blocks away a few decades ago. I remember seeing a fire from several miles to the north.
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The first photo is "collateral damage" because I was taking a picture of the train. The second picture was deliberate after I got pictures of the tow going northbound on the canal because of all of the construction activity. Even if it is dangerous, I assume it is a good source of jobs, and the construction indicates that it is economically viable.
safe_image for BP Whiting Refinery Completes $300M Project[They installed a naphtha hydrotreater, which removes sulfur and nitrogen compounds which helps them meet the EPA Tier 3 requirement of an average sulfur content of no more than 10 parts per million.]
I'm reminded that it was a BP refinery that had a horrible accident in Texas. And of course they ran a tanker aground in Alaska and blew up a deep well oil platform in the Gulf. If BP has the same "cowboy" attitude towards safety here, at least they have had better luck more recently.

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