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3 burned by steam in Louisiana refinery accident

July 07, 2008
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According to the Associated Press, Louisiana authorities say three people are being treated for burns after a steam accident at a ConocoPhillips Co. refinery.

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff''s Office Major John Marie says one was in critical condition and airlifted to a Baton Rouge hospital. The others are being treated for lesser injuries at a local hospital.

A refinery spokesman says operations weren''t affected the facility in Jesuit Bend, about 25 miles south of New Orleans.

ConocoPhillips spokesman Bill Tanner in Houston says the three employees of a contractor were conducting routine maintenance on a steam line. Tanner said the cause of the accident would be investigated. The employees names weren''t immediately released.

The refinery processes about 247,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

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