Several Woods Cross houses were damaged today after a massive explosion at the Silver Eagle oil refinery in Woods Cross. No one was reported injured. Another explosion at this same refinery injured four workers in January, one very seriously. The refinery has had numerous safety violations in recent years, which company officials have repeatedly characterized as normal for the industry.---
On KSL Radio this morning, a Silver Eagle representative said the refinery's safety violations are not out of the ordinary. He then repeated and oft-repeated line that the refineries were built first, as if to say the residents moved in at their own risk. Usually they say this when people are complaining about smells or air pollution; it seemed strange to say that about explosions.
I talked to Judy Averett who lives within a mile of refinery and had pictures knocked off her wall by the explosion, but no damage. She built her Woods Cross home 45 years ago. She responded to the point that the refineries were indeed in the area before the homes and explained why that happened.
"I think we all thought it was really safe to build a home here," she said. "We didn't have this problem [with fires and explosions] even three or four years ago. The [Silver Eagle] refinery wasn't a problem."