No Dangerous Contaminants released into Air due to Husky Energy’s Explosion

No Dangerous Contaminants released into Air due to Husky Energy’s Explosion

No injuries have been reported in a blast that took place at Husky Energy's 155,000 barrel per day (bpd) crude oil refinery in Lima, Ohio on Saturday.

As per a source familiar with the facility's operations, the fire has been extinguished. The blast was so strong that it was heard across the city of Lima and even shattered windows in nearby homes. The output at the plant has been stopped and there are no chances that the work will resume for several days.

The blast involved the 26,000-barrel-per-day isocracker unit. Extensive damage has taken place at the unit, as it was restarted after maintenance. Around 6am local time Saturday, the fire started and it was extinguished by next morning.

Husky spokesman Mel Duvall sent an email at 3.30 pm on Saturday that the fire was essentially out and it was quite early to evaluate the impact on production. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said on Sunday that dangerous contaminants were not released into the air due to the explosion.

The US EPA, Allen County and Husky Energy have checked for the presence of contaminants, including benzene, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide and asbestos.

Ohio EPA spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer said that the results were non-detectacble. He said that the Ohio EPA will continue to assess for the contaminant monitoring this week.

Duvall said that they are doing the damage assessment. He affirmed that the output will remain closed and they have substantial product in inventory to supply its customers. Late Saturday, a second incident took place at a refinery in Philadelphia.

Husky is Canada's third largest integrated energy company and is supervised by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing.