Lawsuit: Oil Refinery Owners Negligent in Blast, Fire

September 05, 2018 03:59 PM

The video above is from an April 26 report.


A lawsuit alleges that negligence by the owners of Wisconsin's only oil refinery caused an explosion and fire that injured 36 people and caused a mandatory evacuation in the city of Superior.

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The class action lawsuit against Husky Energy says the evacuation after the April 26 refinery explosion forced the three plaintiffs to spend extra money on food, supplies, transportation and childcare. The lawsuit says one woman's mother, who was in home hospice, was so stressed by the evacuation that she died soon after.

RELATED: Report: Worn Valve Caused Explosion at Superior Refinery

 

The explosion sprayed shrapnel and pierced a tank of asphalt which ignited a massive fire . Federal investigators suspect a worn valve allowed air to mix with hydrocarbons, triggering the blast.

Husky Energy issued a statement Wednesday following the lawsuit. 

"Since the April 26 fire, we have been working to resolve any related claims, including those for accommodation, food and lost wages. To date, about 98 percent of the claims presented to us have been successfully closed and we continue to address the others," Husky Energy media relations coordinator Kim Guttormson said. 

RELATED: Superior Refinery Explosion Caused $27M in Damage, $53M in Expenses; 2020 Restart

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