Alon USA Energy Inc. (ALJ)’s refinery near Krotz Springs, Louisiana, has been granted an extension of an order to evacuate by 5 p.m. local time.
Company staff will be able to remain at the refinery under the extension provided by St. Landry Parish President Don Menard, Alon spokesman Blake Lewis said in a telephone interview. Lewis couldn’t say how long the exemption will last. The refinery is operating normally, he said.
The 83,000-barrel-a-day refinery is within a zone that was ordered evacuated by Menard today. Employees at the refinery are assisting with the construction of a temporary levee to protect the facility and other homes.
“The evacuation order is intended for low-lying residents,” Lewis said. “We are focused on protecting our assets.”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said May 11 the 83,000- barrel-a-day Krotz Springs refinery would be shut if the Morganza spillway was opened to relieve flood pressure on the Mississippi River.
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