April 27, 2018 – A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, prompting officials to order the evacuation of a 3-mile radius around the refinery, as well as a 10-mile corridor south, the direction the smoke was blowing.
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What’s the Problem?
Details of the refinery explosion are few, and it is still unknown what actually caused the explosion or how many people were evacuated in the aftermath. What is known, however, is that the evacuation was lifted as of 6AM Friday.
The refinery is in an industrial area of Superior, but there’s a residential neighborhood about a mile to the northeast. The corridor downwind to the south of the refinery is sparsely populated.
Superior Refinery Fire Out, Evacuation Lifted: ABC News Video
Husky Energy, a Canadian firm based out of Calgary, Alberta, bought the refinery from Calumet Specialty Products Partners last year for more than $490 million, according to WGN 9. It’s Wisconsin’s only refinery, which produces gasoline, asphalt and other products.
Husky has been fined in years past for OSHA violations, when the refinery was still owned and operated by Calumet.
U.S. Department of Labor spokesman Scott Allen said OSHA fined Calumet $21,000 over emergency response and flammable liquids violations in 2015. The violations were settled and the problems resolved by the end of that year.
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