I appreciate and respect the opinions of the Tesoro executives as stated in their letter [“Tesoro explosion: Perspectives of outside stakeholders is valuable,” Northwest Voices, Feb. 10].
My boy, Lew C. Janz, was killed in that explosion. So I feel that I have the right to ask a few questions.
First: Why was the area containing the heat exchangers allowed to deteriorate to such a degree that multiple employees had to be present with steam lances to handle the leaks. Is Tesoro not familiar with techniques of installing new gaskets where necessary?
Second: As stated in the Anacortes American, what exactly in the Tesoro appeal process were the “unanticipated employee misconduct issues” that my boy and the six other victims were going to be accused of?
Third: As stated in the Skagit Valley Herald, California has a far superior safety record. That state has 21 refineries, with 3 fatalities in the past 11 years.
My last question: Why the difference?
Hershel Janz, Anacortes