"Maintaining a refinery is like overhauling a vehicle while the motor is still running. Although there are a number of hazards involved, employees undergo extensive safety training. Safety is fundamental at the Billings Refinery, where we have a simple goal: "Nobody gets hurt." "
"A refinery is like a utility: it must run reliably, all the time. That's easier said than done,
considering the miles of pipe, hundreds of pumps, and hostile temperatures and
pressures that are part of every refinery."
"This refinery is like modern life: There's a million things wrong, and nowhere to start. If I could get one thing nailed down, all the rest would fall into place. But my crew is so busy trying to keep the whole thing from flying apart, so there's no time to nail one thing down."
"A refinery is like a car.
If you don't maintain it, it will break down. And that's what's happening."
"A refinery is like a big still. All of the pots and pans were in good shape,"
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