Kenai, Alaska is home to approximately 7,500 people. Kenai is known for its commercial fishing, tourism, and oil-related industries. Salmon fishing is a vital source of local revenue for Kenai, and thousands are employed throughout the city in this industry. There are large quantities of oil and natural gas located in Kenai as well. These also provide for the local economy as far as revenues and jobs for the locals. Kenai was named one of the All American Cities of 1992.
During the early 1900s, the establishment of shipping companies in Kenai made it into a port city. There was a commercial fishing boom through the 1920s when canning companies were started. The Kenai Airport was constructed in 1937 and a military base, Wildwood Army Station, was established in 1953 which helped serve as a major communications hub. The first major oil discovery in Alaska was in Kenai in 1957 at the Swanson River. Then in 1965, offshore oil discoveries helped spur major economic growth for Kenai. In 1969, Tesoro Alaska Company opened its first oil refinery in Kenai. This refinery produces gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas, heavy oils, bunker fuels, and liquid asphalt, as well as distillates (jet fuel, diesel fuel, and heating oil). Jet fuel is made here for the Anchorage International Airport and a pipeline connects the refinery with the airport. This refinery also supplies gasoline and diesel to many Tesoro retail outlets throughout Alaska.
In the early 1900s and in most oil refineries, like Kenai's Tesoro, asbestos was used as insulation for extreme heat conditions. Asbestos products were used in protective clothes, like gloves, and on work surfaces at these refineries. If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos in your home or workplace in Kenai, Alaska you may be at risk to developing mesothelioma (a terminal cancer).
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Kenai
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Kenai where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- Collier Carbon & Chemical Company
- Locher Company
- Phillips Petroleum Company
- Shell Oil
- Shell Oil - On Shore Facility
- Shell Oil - Platform A
- Standard Oil
- Tesoro Alaska Company
- Union Carbide
- Union Collier
- Union Oil Company - Mono Pod
- Unocal Chemicals Division
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Kenai, Alaska
Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Alaska, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.