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All-clear issued after Detroit Marathon refinery vapor cloud; 2 workers sent to hospitals

Louis Aguilar
The Detroit News

Detroit — An all-clear has been issued after a leak was reported at the Marathon Petroleum refinery that sent two workers to local hospitals, public safety officials said Thursday.

The refinery leak at 1001 S. Oakwood at aboaut 1:20 p.m. emitted an oil vapor cloud, according to the Detroit Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The company said two "contractor employees" were sent to local hospitals.

The vapor traveled "with prevailing winds across Schaefer Highway to our tank farm," Marathon said and the refinery worked with authorities to closeSchaefer between Dix Street and Interstate 75. An all-clear was issued at 3 p.m.

Marathon Petroleum deployed air monitoring resources in nearby areas as a precaution. "Readings indicated that there were no impacts to community residents," Marathon said.

"There was no off-site impact as a result of the incident," city officials said in an alert. "The situation has been mitigated."

The company said community air monitoring would continue through Thursday evening. Marathon said it would work with state and local agencies to determine the cause of the incident.

The Marathon petroleum refinery in southwest Detroit.

The state of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy regulates Marathon’s refinery and is responsible for air quality monitoring. To report strong odors in your neighborhood or if you have questions, please call EGLE’s 24/7 hotline at (800) 292-4706.