Originally Posted by Bronco_Beerslug
Managements position on refinery maintenance is that the best thing possible is to keep them running constantly. They all use the same excuse for not performing more maintenance (there is more chance for something going wrong bringing the units up and down).
And this proves them out. They had taken the plant down for maintenance when the explosion occured. The last explosion there (though not as big or deadly) happened in March of 2004 when they were doing their annual shutdown for maintenance.
BP Amoco also claims that the explosion will not affect the amount of production.
Feel better now?