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Tesoro thwarts federal investigators probing recent refinery accident

from Contra Costa Times

Federal chemical safety officials say Tesoro Corp. is preventing them from investigating an incident at its refinery near Martinez in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe. Three U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigators showed up a day after the Feb. 12 incident and initially gained access, but Tesoro's lawyers raised "jurisdictional challenges" and forced the investigators to leave, said Dan Horowitz, the CSB's managing director. "We've certainly faced our share of jurisdictional challenges, but I can't think of another refinery or chemical plant that has taken a position that injuries aren't serious enough for us to investigate and that we lack jurisdiction," Horowitz said. "This is a new one to me." more

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