A 45-year-old Texas man was killed in a fire on Tuesday 10 March at a Marathon Petroleum-owned oil storage facility in St. James Parish, Illinois, US.
Armando Garza had been working at the St. James Pipeline Station when the fire occurred.
Garza died from injuries sustained from the blast that ignited a pipeline contractors were working on.
Six others were injured in the fire, three of which were hospitalised.
All of the workers, including Garza, were employees of Willbros, an engineering and construction company that has an office in
Workers were cutting a 2-4 inch pipe when vapours from a crude oil sump tank ignited, a spokeswoman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness says.
A state Department of Environmental Quality representative said there was no environmental impact to the area following the blast.
The pipeline pumps crude oil to the Marathon oil refinery in Garyville in St. John the Baptist Parish.
That pipeline has been shutdown since the fire but has not affected operations at the Garyville refinery, which has crude oil storage available.
The work is part of the Garyville refinery's $3.2 billion (2.48 billion) expansion. The expansion, which began in 2007 and is expected to be finished this year, will allow the plant to refine 425,000 barrels of crude oil daily, 180,000 barrels more than it now handles.
The refinery, which produces fuels such as petrol, diesel and kerosene, as well as asphalt, will add 7.5 million gallons a day of transportation fuels to the nation's fuel supply after the project.