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Oklahoma refinery blast probe could take months

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor says determining the cause of an explosion at an Oklahoma refinery that killed one worker and critically injured another could take months.

By KEN MILLER, AP Published: October 1, 2012
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Todd said she could not discuss what investigators have found while the investigation is under way.

CVR Chief Executive Officer Jack Lipinski released a statement Sunday that said the company was “cooperating fully” with the investigation.

“Our focus is to determine how this accident occurred and what steps must be taken to avoid a repeat of this incident,” Lipinski said.

CVR purchased the refinery, which has a daily capacity of 70,000 barrels of crude and produces gasoline, diesel fuel, military jet fuel, solvents and asphalt.

Previous incidents at the refinery include a boiler explosion in 2010, a propane leak in 2008 and fire that was sparked by lightning in 2007.

There were no injuries in those incidents.


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