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Sask. refinery to pay to clean cars after valve leak sent oil airborne

Spokesperson for Regina's Co-op Refinery said last similar incident took place some 20 years ago

January 9, 2014  by The Canadian Press

REGINA—A Regina oil refinery is offering to pay for car washes after a valve leak before Christmas sent a mist of oil into the air.

The Co-op Refinery says the leak, caused by a mechanical failure on Dec. 20, was quickly contained but the wind carried some of the airborne oil a short distance away.

Spokesperson Daryl Oshanek says it landed on some vehicles in nearby residential neighbourhoods.

Oshanek says a response team quickly got in touch with people in that area to make them aware of what happened.


He says he’s not sure how many people have taken up the offer of a free car wash.

He says such incidents are very rare, with the most-recent one happening some 20 years ago.

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