It's not been a good week for oil safety in America. Following the derailment earlier in the week, CBS now reports an explosion at Exxon Mobil's Torrance, California refinery occured at 850amPT...
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While dismissed as 'normal flaring' to begin with, Exxon has confirmed it is not and evacuations have been ordered as ash is falling up to 3 miles away.
The Torrance Refinery covers 750 acres, employs approximately 650 employees and 550 contractors, processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day and produces 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline per year.
As Reuters reports,
Students in about 30 schools were told to shelter in place after a possible incident at Exxon Mobil Corp's (XOM.N) Torrance, California, refinery on Wednesday, a report on the CBC Los Angeles news website said.
A separate report with ktla.com said residents reported hearing an explosion from the direction of the refinery and that the refinery was working to control a petroleum leak.
In a filing with state pollution regulator, the 149,500 barrel-per-day Torrance refinery reported "an incident" that caused flaring at the refinery.
The company was not immediately available for comment.
Furthermore, the refinery suffered structural damage as can be seen in the photos below.
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