Operating conditions at the Detroit refinery currently are safe, but flaring is required. Residents nearby may see larger flares than normal. Flares are safety devices, and they are functioning properly. There is no off-site impact.
The refinery alarm was sounded at approximately 3:30 a.m. because operating conditions required a response within the refinery. There was no off-site impact and no injuries, and the all-clear was sounded at approximately 4:10 a.m.
On Oct. 18, 2018, the Detroit Refinery will begin the process of restarting its operations as we complete maintenance work. This startup process will take approximately one week, and you may notice occasional flaring or noise during this time. Should you have any concerns, please contact the refinery’s community hotline number, 313-297-MARA (6272).
On Sunday, Sept. 9, the Detroit Refinery will begin a scheduled shutdown for routine maintenance. The shutdown process will take approximately one week. During this time, you may observe an increase in vehicle traffic for the workers at the site. Additionally, the flares may appear larger than during normal operation. Should you have a concerns or questions, please contact the refinery’s community hotline number: 313-297-MARA (6272). We will provide an additional notice when the refinery is ready to resume normal operation.
Marathon Petroleum will be conducting firefighter training on its property on Monday, Aug. 20 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. During this period, there may be visible smoke.
Marathon Petroleum Company’s Detroit light-products terminal, located next to the Detroit refinery on Fort Street in Southwest Detroit, will conduct an emergency response exercise on Tuesday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this exercise, Marathon Petroleum Company firefighters will use firefighting equipment to practice responding to a simulated fire at the light-products terminal. The exercise is a simulation only, and no action is required of the public.