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On Friday one of the tanks at the Garyville refinery caught fire. They evacuated the area.

America’s third-largest refinery, Marathon Petroleum’s Garyville, caught fire Friday morning with such a devastating impact that company officials announced it will not reopen.

Strong columns of fire flooded south of Luisana and forced residents to evacuate in an emergency. Two miles around were affected. Two people were injured and 10 were evacuated due to excessive heat.

As reported, officials from the parish of St. John the Baptist declared that this incident occurred due to a gasoline leak in one of the tanks where fuel is stored at the refinery.

This scenario and the closure announcements produced another effect: the price of diesel was affected. It rose 5 percent and gasoline 4 percent. It should be noted that the Garyville refinery produces no less than 265 thousand barrels of gasoline per day. It is about 3 percent of what is consumed throughout the country.

In addition, it generates 230,000 barrels of diesel. A company spokesman clarified that two tanks were damaged as a result of the fire.

The environmental impact is added to the economic and social impact. Residents of the area, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, expressed concern about the damage to health that the charged black smoke could generate.

On Saturday, the same company revealed that tests were carried out and that they determined: “undetectable effects on air quality.” The state Department of Environmental Quality also worked in the area.


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