Shell refinery tank fire in Anacortes is out By Sara Jean Green – Seattle Times staff reporter – October 19, 2007 Friday
A fire that broke out just after noon at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes was completely doused by 2:20 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but the blaze damaged a storage tank containing about 50,000 barrels of diesel, said Jaunty Rutter, the refinery’s external affairs manager. Workers are now in the process of transferring the diesel from the damaged tank to other tanks, he said. Three people received minor injuries but all were able to go back to work after being treated on-site, Rutter said.
The refinery’s emergency response team fought the fire, along with firefighters from the Anacortes Fire Department and Tesoro, a neighboring refinery, he said.
Rutter could not say how big the fire was but said there are no environmental concerns. Refinery officials notified the Northwest Clean Air Agency and members of the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management were at the scene, he said.
According to Shell’s Web site, the refinery was built and operated by Texaco from 1958 to 1998 and originally supplied West Coast cities with Canadian crude oil. Shell acquired the refinery in 2002.