No death, no gas leak in Petron Bataan Refinery

May 8, 2013 11:27 am 

LIMAY, Bataan, May 7 — An official of the Petron Bataan Refinery (PBR) on Tuesday clarified that there was no explosion, no poisonous gas leak and no one died at the former Bataan Refinery Corporation here.

News about the explosion in the biggest oil refinery in the country and the death of two or more workers spread like wildfire through text messages in the province.

This was aggravated by reports that workers were allegedly told to leave the refinery in Barangay Alangan here.

Edgardo Ruiz, PBR community relations officer, admitted that they, too, have received many such news from as far as Dinalupihan town.

We vehemently denied those news because it is impossible to explode because we have shut down the operations and on regular maintenance, Ruiz said.

He said they could not understand where such news came from.

We suspected that the news probably came from those contractual employees who were laid off, he said.

The community relations officer among the workers laid off were laborers under the refinery’s contractors.

Ruiz said there was only a minor oil spill in the refinery but was immediately cordoned off and the workers told to go out for their safety.

He said the workers were told to leave the compound at about 7:45 a.m. Monday but back to work at 9:00 a.m.

Ruiz said the refinery was on a 45-day shutdown but already preparing for start-up next week.

The minor oil spill was not related to the shutdown, Ruiz added. (PNA)

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