Like what you're reading? Please Support Us!

Huge Fire Shuts Down One of the Largest Oil Refineries in the US – Gas Expert Warns of ‘Far-Reaching Impact’

In a fire that started on Friday, the third-largest U.S. oil refinery is still ablaze.
@WBRZ / X video screen shot

The following article, Huge Fire Shuts Down One of the Largest Oil Refineries in the US - Gas Expert Warns of 'Far-Reaching Impact', was first published on Flag And Cross.

Fire hit a Marathon Petroleum refinery in Louisiana on Friday, leading to a shutdown at the plant and a spike in diesel prices.

The fire and a leak of the hydrocarbon mixture naphtha took place at Marathon Petroleum’s Garyville refinery Friday morning, according to WDSU-TV in New Orleans.

It was officially declared extinguished on Monday, according to, the website of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The fire led to an evacuation order in a two-mile radius of the blaze, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the facility began a shutdown process of units closest to the fire this morning,” Marathon said in a statement Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported. “As the fire-suppression efforts continue to progress, facility operations will continue to be evaluated, with safety as our top priority.”

The shutdown led to a rise in futures prices for gasoline and diesel fuel. Diesel futures ended up 4.8 percent higher Friday at $3.31 a gallon, the highest price at the close of a day since Jan. 26.

Has President Joe Biden failed to keep down fuel prices?

The fire was declared contained Saturday and the evacuation order was lifted, according to CNN.

Marathon’s Garyville refinery is the third-largest in the United States by capacity, according to Reuters.

Bloomberg noted that the fire was the third at the plant in less than a year.

“This refinery is one of the largest in the US and if accurate, could cause a low, yet far-reaching impact to #gasprices,” Patrick De Haan, an analyst for the website Gas Buddy, wrote on social media.

Marathon officials said the tank of fuel was not on fire, according to CNN.

The “tank itself is not on fire,” said Justin Lawrence, human resources manager for the plant.

“The product in the tank is a naphtha product, which is partially refined product that we use it as … components to make gasoline,” Lawrence said at a news conference Friday, according to CNN. “The tank itself is not on fire. It is the product surrounding the tank.”

“Initially it was kind of a lazy flame and we were putting foam on it to keep the fumes and the fire down to keep it contained,” Lawrence said. “As it picks up and this morning as the day gets hotter, it did reignite and there’s been spots where it is harder to control.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Continue reading: Huge Fire Shuts Down One of the Largest Oil Refineries in the US - Gas Expert Warns of 'Far-Reaching Impact' ...

Leave a Reply

Notify of

Like what you're reading? Please Support Us!