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Third-Largest U.S. Oil Refinery Forced to Shut Down Following Devastating Fire

A towering inferno erupted at a south Louisiana oil refinery on Friday morning, sending plumes of black smoke and forcing an emergency evacuation of residents within a two-mile radius. Although no injuries were reported, the incident has reignited concerns about the safety of such facilities, especially as it’s the third fire to hit the plant in less than a year.

The fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. at the Marathon Petroleum facility in Garyville, situated about 30 miles northwest of New Orleans, according to WBRZ.

Officials from St. John the Baptist Parish reported that the incident involved a naphtha release and a fire at one of the refinery’s storage tanks. Naphtha is a flammable and toxic kind of raw petrol or gasoline distilled from crude oil and a raw material for the chemical industry, which is often used in soaps and varnishes.

St. John Parish President Jaclyn Hotard declared an emergency soon after the incident was reported, and an evacuation order was swiftly enacted for residents within a two-mile radius of the blaze. That order was lifted by 2:20 p.m., after emergency crews managed to bring the fire under control and limit it to two damaged storage tanks.

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Bloomberg reported:

Diesel futures surged to a seven-month high in New York after Marathon Petroleum Corp. said it was shutting the third largest US oil refinery following a blaze at a storage tank.

Diesel rose 5% while gasoline futures jumped about 4%. The outage threatens to deplete already below-average distillates stockpiles at a time when US demand for the fuel is set to rise going into the harvest and heating seasons.

Garyville, located on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, produces about 265,000 barrels a day of gasoline, or about 3% total US consumption. It also makes about 230,000 barrels per day of diesel, according to Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates in Houston. The refinery has a crude processing capacity of 596,000 barrels a day.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality “is conducting monitoring in the community adjacent to the site and all readings are nondetect,” according to spokesperson Gregory Langley.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it has deployed a federal coordinator to the site to oversee the response and provide technical support, including emergency response air monitoring in downwind communities. A firefighter is being evaluated for heat stress and two storage tanks have been damaged, according to Marathon spokesperson.

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  • Louis says:

    The global elites are ‘full speed ahead’ w/ their Agenda 21/30, NWO schedule. They are using many designed strategies through multifaceted fronts to make sure THIS TIME, America is destroyed. (They almost succeeded in 1929 when they DESIGNED the Great Depression. The strategies continued w/ 911 – again, purposely designed). Again, it is a multi-faceted front which they are utilizing. Here are some of the vehicles being employed:

    Illegal Immigration: What you’ve witnessed w/i the past 2.5 years now are the results of what the global elites are hoping for in EVERY country around the world – especially the U.S., and why our government officials are being used as puppets, (read: BOUGHT AND PAID FOR), to complete the cycle of illegal immigration. They want chaos. They want suffering. They want things to get so bad, we’ll (literally) beg them for relieve from the suffering…and they will then be more than happy to look like the ‘great white saviors’ and give us their New World Order. This is what the global elites’ NWO/Agenda 21 is all about…a New World Order. THEIR new order, as THEY want things, and ILLEGAL immigration is just one facet of a multi-pronged, purposely designed plan of how the WEF, (World Economic Forum), headed by globalist Klaus Schwab, and who’s Board members include George Soros, Pope Fauci, Bill Gates, the Obama’s, the Clintons, Mark Z., the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, and others), is going to achieve its goal of a ‘global reset’.

    Other facets include food and energy shortages:
    We’re already experiencing shortages in both of these arenas, and w/ NO credible justification for any of it. They ‘experiment’ almost monthly w/ some sort of shortage. Inexplicably and suddenly, certain items just can’t be found on store shelves for a specific period of time. Last year it was baby formula and eggs for their specific timeframes. This year it’s attempting to ban gas stoves through legislation and making it almost impossible for a family to keep up w/ ever-rising inflation – on EVERYTHING. (This week, they want to limit beer consumption to 2 a week. Mmm. That’s what AK-47’s are for…nuff said).

    If you want an idea of what is in store for the country, California is the state to watch. This summer, California will see more ‘brown outs’ and ‘rolling blackouts’ than ever before. The ‘sprinkling bans’ which have averaged once every other month for the past few years will become weekly ‘rolling sprinkling bans’. Electricity will also be rationed to a certain limited used each month, (i.e. air conditioning, lights, etc.). Any usage over the prescribed limit, will activate an immediate ‘penalty charge’, which will be assessed on the next billing cycle…and you can be assured it won’t be a minimum assessment – no not even for the first ‘violation’. Also in that state, the ‘tree-hugging’ eco-terrorists who have been crafting legislation since the ’70’s, and who’ve made it ILLEGAL to clean out dead brush and/or other dry vegetation, and also make proper vegetation maintenance ILLEGAL for the past 3 decades now, have successfully brought the state to an accumulative, volatile fire risk level. This is the reason EVERY summer for the past 7 years, massive forest fires have ensued in and around major cities, engulfing hundreds of homes each year and causing BILLIONS of dollars in damage. Yet – the insanity continues.

    Another facet includes PURPOSELY introducing viruses:

    For the past 20 years, the global elites have been responsible for initiating, financing, facilitating, and (then in 2020), PURPOSELY allowing China to release the COVID-19 virus upon the world. They promised a ‘global reset’, and although the virus was only 10% as lethal as the common flu, and had a recovery rate of 99.4% w/ the use of HQC and Ivermectin, they not only DISALLOWED HQC and Ivermectin to be prescribed and/or sold by every doctor, pharmacist, and other authorized medical personnel UNDER PENALTY OF LOSING THEIR LICENCE AND/OR PRISON, they also mandated that EVERY person who died on or after May 21, 2020, be tested for the COVID virus by all hospitals, coroners, and M.E.’s. EVERY – SINGLE – PERSON. They then (literally and ILLEGALLY), changed the definition parameters for ‘Cause of death’. Hospitals, coroners, and M.E.’s would then test an expired patient for the virus after failed resuscitation efforts or during an autopsy, and if that test proved positive for the COVID virus, they were again obligated UNDER PENALTY OF LOSING THEIR LICENSE OR PRISON, to list the ‘Cause of death’ as – COVID. It didn’t matter how the person presented themselves at the hospital E.R, (heart attack, respiratory distress, gunshot wound, anaphylactic shock secondary to a bee sting, etc.). It didn’t matter if the person died of diabetes, leukemia, cancer, or any other medical condition. IT JUST DIDN’T MATTER. If the M.E. knew the ‘Cause of death’ was blunt force trauma to the head, secondary to the motorcycle accident – IT DIDN’T MATTER. If the dead person being tested, showed positive for the COVID-19 virus, (asymptomatic or not), the ‘Cause of Death’ was MANDATED, (UNDER PENALTY OF ‘LAW’), to be listed as ‘COVID-19’.

    The result? HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of people, not tens of thousands), world-wide were, (erroneously and ILLEGALLY), deemed to have died from the COVID-19 virus. It was all about ‘keeping the numbers up’.

    Therefore: The ENTIRE COVID-19 virus debacle was nothing more than a tool to be used…a purposely designed SCAM/HOAX, initiated and financed by the global elites, and facilitated throughout the entire world by every country’s government, to keep people in masks, social distancing, and locked down – in fear.

    IT WAS ALL ABOUT CONTROL – WORLD GOVERNMENT CONTROL.

    THEREFORE: BE AWARE – These and other faceted ‘tools’ are now being PURPOSELY DESIGNED AND UTILIZED by the global elites, and operating unabated throughout the world to destroy entire governments – ESPECIALLY THE U.S.

    Solution: EVERY SINGLE GLOBAL ELITE DESERVES NOTHING LESS THAN A BULLET IN THE HEAD – ALL OF THEM. Every single billionaire in this country, (and anyone else who believes in liberty and freedom), needs to escrow a BILLION dollars, find and hire the best international assassins money can buy and, (starting w/ George Soros, Klaus Schwab, Bill Gates, Mark Z., the Obama’s, the Clintons – KILL the top 1000 global elites responsible for this insanity. FIND THEM. KILL THEM. DONE! There is no other solution…or we will perish…

  • EZ says:

    surprise, surprise, surprise….buckwheat & biden still at it. seems these little bitches like to play with fire…..there will be plenty of it at your final stop boys

  • Russell P. Fedoriw says:

    I would buy a horse but they fart too and would probably be banned by the Biden administration.

  • This was all intentional

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