An explosion at a refinery in NL injured eight

SAINT-JEAN, NL — Authorities say five of eight workers injured in an explosion at a refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland and Labrador had to be rushed by air to the provincial capital.

RCMP Corporal Jolene Garland did not provide details on the condition of the patients, saying only that those who were transferred needed “more medical attention”, which could not not be provided to them in the Clarenville area.

In order to allow two planes to land and pick up the patients, the RCMP had to close the parking lot of a Sobeys supermarket around 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

The cause of the explosion and subsequent fire inside the refinery located 150 kilometers west of Saint-Jean remains under investigation. Police and the provincial body that oversees occupational health and safety are looking into the matter.

Jim Stump, president of refining at Braya Renewable Fuels, which owns the plant in question, released a statement on Saturday saying his team was on site and offering to cooperate with investigators to ensure “further such incidents are prevented.” in the future”.

The refinery, which is a major employer in the region, was once an oil production plant before embarking on a process of conversion to renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel.

This article was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta Fellowships and The Canadian Press for News.


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