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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Waters Statement on Exxon Mobil Refinery Explosion in Torrance

February 19, 2015
Press Release


Waters Statement on Exxon Mobil Refinery Explosion in Torrance


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of the explosion and fire that rived a gasoline processing unit at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and Torrance representative, released the following statement today:


"My sympathies are with the four injured contractors and all of the workers that were affected by yesterday's refinery explosion in Torrance, as well as the residents of the surrounding community and their families.  I care deeply about the safety of workers and neighbors of the Exxon Mobil refinery and remain concerned for the physical and mental recovery of every person affected by such a traumatic experience.


"Because so many families send their loved ones to work in this refinery every day, I remain hopeful that Exxon Mobil will discover the root cause of the explosion and institute safeguards to prevent an explosion from reoccurring. Though I am relieved to learn all injuries were minor, this accident could have easily ended more tragically.


"I will follow upcoming investigations to determine the cause of the explosion and work closely with local agencies and companies to prevent such a devastating event from happening again.   As always, my office is available to assist in any capacity in order to help the residents of Torrance and all of those affected as they heal from this frightening experience."