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Wisconsin's only oil refinery to reopen after 2018 explosion

Danielle Kaeding
Wisconsin Public Radio

SUPERIOR, WI (AP)— Wisconsin’s only oil refinery is on track to be fully operational in June, following an explosion five years ago.

It’s a $1.2 billion effort to rebuild the facility after it was destroyed in 2018. The explosion and subsequent fires at the facility, owned then by Calgary-based Husky Energy in Superior, injured three dozen workers. Fears of a hydrofluoric acid leak caused 2,500 people in the city to evacuate.

The refinery is now owned by Calgary-based Cenovus Energy. Wisconsin Public Radio reported Wednesday that Cenovus says the refinery is set to reopen by the end of June.

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