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Old Yorktown refinery buildings demolished

Some local residents may have been awakened to a loud boom Saturday. But everything is okay.

What they probably heard was a professional demolition contractor, Controlled Demolition, Inc., using explosives to fell two large structures—a catalytic cracker and a coker—on the Plains Marketing Yorktown Terminal property, part of the shuttered refinery that Plains bought, a corporate spokesperson said.

Those structures are no longer needed and are being dismantled and removed from the site, spokesperson David Rourk said. The contractor decided to use explosives rather than expose workers to risks associated with working at high elevations for extended periods of time.

Amoco Oil built the refinery in 1957, selling it in 2000. ...

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