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Imperial Oil tower collapse investigation continues

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Imperial Oil continues to investigate the cause of a tower collapse at the Sarnia refinery on April 2.

Two huge ‘crawler’ cranes were brought into the plant last week to lift and reduce the load from the 15-story tower, which fell from its base inside the property line on Vidal Street.

No one was injured and no uncontrolled release of pollutants was reported after the processing tower, which was being prepared for maintenance, collapsed shortly before 9 p.m.

“An investigation team consisting of experts from outside of our site is gathering facts in order to determine what caused this incident,” said spokesperson Kristina Zimmer.

The company was also reviewing its response with city officials and the Chemical Valley Emergency Coordinating Organization.

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