Processing Magazine

Government plans more refinery inspections

June 11, 2007

Federal regulators plan to intensify their scrutiny of oil refineries to identify problems that have caused a spate of fatal accidents in the petroleum industry in recent years, according to the Associated Press. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administrations said in new regulations released Thursday that, since 1992, 36 refinery accidents involving hazardous chemicals have caused 52 deaths and 250 injuries, making the industry the most dangerous in the country. BP PLC''s Texas City refinery was the site of a 2005 explosion that killed 15 people and injured 170, the worst U.S. industrial accident since 1990. Other fatal accidents have occurred at refineries in Bakersfield Calif. and Gallup, N.M. in recent years.