Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM

No criminal charges in 2010 Tesoro refinery fire that killed 7

There will be no federal criminal charges in connection with the April 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes that killed seven employees.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a lengthy investigation into possible violations of federal environmental and worker-safety laws concluded no crime had occurred.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said the evidence reviewed “does not reach the exacting bar for criminal prosecution.” However, she said, the investigation by her office and others, including the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, “have prompted changes in how the industry conducts itself.”  Durkan said she shared the decision with the survivors of the seven victims earlier Friday.

The investigation took four years, which prompted criticism from community members and others. Durkan said the DOJ will continue to  work with the Chemical Safety Board to ensure a more expedited investigative process to ensure the public is served, the industry is held accountable and justice is done.”

Durkan said investigators reviewed the conclusions of the CSB and the state Department of Labor and Industries before concluding that criminal charges could not be pursued.

In 2010,  L&I fined Tesoro $2.38 million, citing the company for 44 workplace violations, including willful disregard of safety regulations and failing to maintain 40-year-old equipment. Tesoro appealed the fine.

The CSB concluded in its investigation that Tesoro Refininery failed to use safe equipment, had poor inspection procedures and allowed its employees to regularly work in unnecessarily dangerous situations.

 

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Anacortes, chemical safety board, criminal charges

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►