Tesoro mourns another Anacortes Refinery death

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Tesoro Corporation reported today that the sixth person has died from the Anacortes Refinery fire earlier this month.

"It is with the deepest sadness that we must report the loss of our friend and co worker, Lew Janz, who passed away this morning due to the injuries he sustained in the incident at the Anacortes refinery," Tesoro posted on its website. "Please remember his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers."

On April 2, a fire broke out at the Anacortes Refinery in Washington State. Since then, Tesoro has elected to temporarily shut down operations at the refinery, stopping crude processing until the facility is back up to treating capacity.

"Since the incident, the refinery has been producing primarily unfinished intermediate products that cannot be upgraded until the affected units have been returned to service or an alternate plan is developed. All available options are being considered" the company said in a statement about the shut-down.

All of the Anacortes Refinery employees will remain employed with Tesoro and receive full benefits while the facility is closed, although a restart date has not been given.

"Tesoro cannot predict when operations could resume; however, progress on the various investigations of the incident and the completion of unit repairs are both necessary for a restart."

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