BP Update On The February Fire And The Department of Occupational Safety & Health Findings

Dear Neighbors,

As some of you have seen, the Washington State Department of Occupational Safety and Health has released the findings of their investigation in to our February accident.  First and foremost, we are fully committed to safe and reliable operations at Cherry Point.  Over the past few months, we have completed a detailed investigation of the accident, have cooperated with the Washington State Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and have made several changes to our equipment and operations that will help us prevent such an accident from happening again.  In addition, as before this accident, we are continually making improvements to equipment and operations to further enhance our safety efforts.

We consulted with third party industry experts to validate our investigation findings on the cause of the accident. The piping involved in the accident has been replaced and lines in similar service have been thoroughly inspected.  To further help ensure this does not happen again, we have increased monitoring points along the new piping system and are exploring possible changes to the system design.  Throughout the investigation we have cooperated with DOSH to review and discuss our investigation findings, repair plans and ongoing inspection protocols.

We remain committed to being a good neighbor in our community, that depends on refiners like Cherry Point for jobs and transport fuels.  We have kept you informed about the results of our investigation and have shared what we learned with others in the refining industry to help prevent future accidents like this from occurring.

While we recognize DOSH’s expertise in the area of industrial safety, we respectfully disagree with several of its conclusions; however, we look forward to working with DOSH to resolve its concerns and to continue to enhance the safety of our operations at Cherry Point.

Thank you again for your continued support and please direct any questions to Michael Abendhoff at michael.abendhoff@bp.com.


Stacey McDaniel

BP Cherry Point Refinery Manager

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