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Oil Refineries

Oil Refineries

Oil Refinery Workers Exposed to Asbestos on the Job

Oil refinery workers may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos on a daily basis. These major oil refineries across the country represent a growing list of refineries where our clients have been exposed to asbestos. In addition to airborne asbestos exposure, the tradesmen who worked at these oil refineries are at a higher risk to develop asbestos diseases including mesothelioma or asbestos cancer.


  • Coastal Mobile Refinery
  • Hunt Oil Company
  • Shell Chemical
  • Southern Cotton Oil Company


  • Arco Chemical Company
  • Petro Star Company
  • Tesoro Alaska Company
  • Williams Alaska Petroleum


  • Berry Petroleum
  • Cross Oil
  • Lion Oil Company
  • Williams Energy


  • Anchor Refining
  • Arco Oil Refinery
  • Atlantic Richfield California
  • Bakersfield Refining Company
  • Chevron Oil
  • Equilon Enterprises Llc
  • Exxon Mobil Refining & Supply
  • Greka Energy
  • Huntway Refining
  • Kern County Refining, Inc.
  • Los Angeles Refining Company
  • Martinez Refining Company
  • Mobil Oil Refinery
  • Occidental Oil Company Refinery
  • Paramount Petroleum
  • San Joaquin Refining
  • Shell Oil Refinery - Martinez
  • Tosco Refining California
  • Ultramar Diamond California
  • Union Oil Company
  • Union Oil Cracking Plant
  • Union Oil Refinery
  • Union Oil Refinery - El Segundo
  • Union Oil Refinery - San Pedro
  • World Oil Lunday-Thagard Company


  • Conoco Oil Refinery
  • Gary Williams Energy
  • Ultramar Diamond Colorado


  • Delaware City Refinery
  • Motiva Enterprises Delaware


  • Young Refining


  • Chevron Hawaii
  • Tesoro Hawaii


  • Citgo Petroleum Illinois
  • Clark Illinois
  • Equilon Illinois
  • Marathon Oil Illinois
  • Mobil Oil Illinois


  • BP Amoco Indiana
  • Countrymark Cooperative
  • Laketon Refining


  • Farmland Industries
  • Frontier Oil Kansas
  • National Cooperative


  • Marathon Refinery Kentucky
  • Somerset Refinery


  • American International
  • BP Amoco Louisiana
  • Calcasieu Refining
  • Canal Refining
  • Cit-Con Oil
  • Citgo Refinery Louisiana
  • Conoco Refinery Louisiana
  • Convent Refinery
  • Exxon Louisiana
  • Marathon Refinery Louisiana
  • Mobil Oil Louisiana
  • Murphy Oil Louisiana
  • Norco Refining Company Louisiana
  • Orion Refining
  • Pennzoil Refinery Louisiana
  • Placid Refining
  • Shell Chemical Louisiana
  • Valero Energy Louisiana


  • Crown Central Petroleum


  • Marathon Refinery Michigan


  • Koch Petroleum Minnesota
  • Marathon Refinery Minnesota


  • Chevron Mississippi
  • Ergon Refining Mississippi
  • Southland Oil


  • Cenex Harvest States
  • Conoco Montana
  • Exxon Montana
  • Montana Refining


  • Philips Petroleum Fertilizer Plant


  • Foreland Refining

New Jersey

  • Amerada-Hess New York
  • Tosco Refining New Jersey
  • Valero Energy New Jersey

New Mexico

  • Giant Refining New Mexico
  • Navajo Refining

North Dakota

  • BP Amoco North Dakota


  • BP Amoco Ohio
  • Clark Refining Ohio
  • Marathon Ohio
  • Sunoco Ohio


  • Conoco Oklahoma
  • Sinclair Oil Oklahoma


  • Paramount Oil Refinery - Portland


  • Kendall Refining
  • Pennzoil
  • Sunoco Pennsylvania
  • Sunoco Philadelphia
  • Tosco Pennsylvania
  • United Refining


  • AGE Refining
  • BP Amoco
  • Chevron
  • Citgo
  • Clark Refining
  • Coastal Refining
  • Exxon
  • Fina Oil
  • Koch
  • Lyondell-Citgo
  • Marathon
  • Mobil Oil Texas
  • Motiva Enterprises
  • Phillips Pride Refining
  • Port Arthur
  • Shell Deer Park Refining
  • Specified Fuels
  • Ultramar Diamond
  • Valero Energy


  • BP Amoco Utah
  • Chevron Utah
  • Inland Refining
  • Phillips Petroleum
  • Standard Oil Refining


  • BP Amoco Virginia
  • Yorktown Refinery


  • Atlantic Richfield
  • Equilon
  • Puget Sound Refining Company
  • Shell Oil Refinery - Anacortes
  • Sound Refining
  • Tesoro West Coast
  • Tosco Refining
  • US Oil and Refining

West Virginia

  • Ergon - West Virginia


  • Murphy Oil USA


  • Frontier
  • Little America Refining
  • Sinclair Oil
  • Standard Oil Refinery - Casper
  • Texaco Oil Refinery
  • Wyoming Refining

Oil Refineries and Asbestos

In almost all of the last century, whenever fire or extreme temperature was a risk, the mineral called asbestos was selected as a building material. Materials that contained asbestos, accordingly, were frequently used when building oil refineries. Resistance to reactive chemicals is perhaps a less well-known property of certain kinds of asbestos. In light of the nature of the work that occurs in oil refineries, asbestos, therefore, was not only used in factory buildings, but also in safety clothing, benches and coating materials. And although the asbestos worked well in preventing the spread of fire and in protecting lives from extreme temperatures, the mineral also exposed those same people to significant health risks.

Amosite was almost always the variety of asbestos used in such locations. When mixed with chrysotile, which is impervious to heat and bases but not as resistant to acids, the amphibole amosite creates materials that are especially good at protecting against corrosive substances. Although it was outlawed as a construction material in the 1970s, this amosite, in the form of asbestos transite, was used for decades in refineries and labs across the US.

Asbestos transite could be molded into working surfaces and sprayed onto pipes and ductwork just as cement could. As long as it was solid, this form of asbestos posed little danger. As transite with asbestos containing material (ACM) gets older and become prone to crumbling, however, lethal, microscopic particles are able to float into the air. When it is in this state, it is considered friable, or able to be pulverized by hand pressure alone. Also, industrial kilns frequently were constructed with friable asbestos in insulation linings.

Author: Tara Strand

Senior Content Writer

Tara Strand

Reviewer: Jennifer R. Lucarelli

Lawyer for Mesothelioma Victims and Their Families

Jennifer R. Lucarelli
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