The Anacortes Shell Refinery was originally constructed by the Texas Company (later Texaco) in 1958. Built on Fidalgo Island’s March point, the Shell Refinery was taken over by Shell in 1998 and currently employees over 400 direct employees, and several hundred additional contractors on an ongoing basis. The plant processes around 145,000 barrels of crude each day which is shipped in from the Alaskan North Coast, Central and Western Canada.
Shell Refinery finished products include;
- Jet Fuel
- Diesel Fuel
- Bunker Fuel
- Liquefied Petroleum Gas
- Petroleum Grade Coke
For most part of the 20th century asbestos was used as a protective and insulating material for excessive heat and flame. For this reason, facilities such as the Shell Refinery in Anacortes would have been built using asbestos containing products. Some forms of amphibole asbestos are not only flame and heat resistant, they are also chemical resistant, which is why many chemical plants, including the Shell Refinery, would have used this form of asbestos in safety garments, counter tops, and coating materials.
The most common form of asbestos that has been linked to health related issues is amosite. Amosite asbestos is friable material that, although causes no immediate risk, it causes tiny particles to enter the air and over time wears down and becomes extremely prone to crumbling. This friable material is released into the surrounding environment, resulting in workers breathing in the dangerous and possibly life threatening fibers. Exposure to asbestos can cause many serious health problems and respiratory diseases, including the cancer mesothelioma. Due to the prevalence of asbestos in many of the Shell Refinery plant structure materials and associated products, anyone who worked or spent time around the plant may be at risk of exposure related illnesses. Companies such as the Shell Refinery were well aware of the risks and dangers posed by asbestos, but still allowed their workers to be unwittingly exposed without the use of adequate safety gear or respirators.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we may be able to help you get the justice you deserve. The threat of asbestos was already well understood by the time Shell Refinery was constructed in 1958. We are here to pursue justice against asbestos companies that knew their products were fatal, yet did nothing to warn the hard working men and women that used, or came in to contact with them. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re offering free consultations – schedule one today.