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No injuries in Tulsa oil refinery explosion

03 August 2012

An explosion at the Tulsa East refinery in Oklahoma on August 1 caused no injuries, according to refinery owner HollyFrontier Corp. The company says the fire started in the diesel hydrotreater unit at its Tulsa East refinery and its emergency response team had contained the fire

HollyFrontier is based in Dallas and operates four other refineries in Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.  The cause of the fire, extent of the damage, and the impact on operations are currently being investigated. The company says its Tulsa West refinery was not impacted by the blast and fire, and the local community was not at risk.

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is monitoring sulfur dioxide levels in the air near the plant and says health limits have not been breached.

According to the HollyFrontier website, the Tulsa Refineries have a crude oil capacity of 125,000 barrels per day.  The refineries primarily process sweet crude oils and have the capability to process sour crude oils, serving the mid-continent region of the United States.

The company says the only personnel inside the East refinery at the time of the fire were company firefighters.

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