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February 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Tesoro explosion: Perspectives of outside stakeholders is valuable

In its editorial, The Times suggests that a recent draft report issued by the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) in Washington, D.C., demonstrates that attitudes and working conditions at Tesoro’s Anacortes refinery contributed to the tragic loss of seven of our colleagues in April 2010 ["Tesoro refinery tragedy all too familiar," Opinion, Feb. 3].

Tesoro strongly disagrees with the paper’s characterization of conditions at the Anacortes refinery. In addition, the editorial fails to acknowledge that our company commissioned a worker-led investigation immediately following the incident, released a final report on the findings in July 2011, and implemented all of the recommendations contained therein long before CSB issued its draft report.

Despite any disagreements we may have with CSB’s draft report, we believe that considering the perspectives of outside stakeholders in pursuit of continuous improvement is valuable — and that’s exactly what we intend to do in connection with these final recommendations.

But any suggestion that Tesoro is anything less than fully dedicated to ensuring the safety of our workers and communities simply doesn’t line up with the facts.

Brian Coffman,

Sr. Vice President, Tesoro, San Antonio

And Danial S. Cameron,

Vice President, Tesoro, Anacortes

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