- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
The Welsh Government has announced it will report on the explosion at the Chevron refinery “at the appropriate time”.
In response to an appeal for a government statement on the incident by Labour Mid and West Wales AM Joyce Watson, the Assembly Leader of the House confirmed that a progress report on the lessons learnt would be brought before the National Assembly following investigations.
However, Chevron has said it expects the investigation into the explosion and fire at its Pembroke refinery to be a “lengthy process”. The company is conducting an inquiry into the incident and police, the health and safety executive and the Environment Agency are also conducting their own inquiries.
Speaking today in Assembly question time, Mrs Watson, who lives in Haverfordwest, said:
“Could I express my deep sympathies for the families, friends and colleagues of Julie Jones, Dennis Riley, Robert Broome and Andrew Jenkins – and the person who is critical in hospital following the blast at the Chevron Oil refinery last Thursday.
“The accident has shaken Milford Haven and shocked people across Pembrokeshire, many of whom will have personal connections with the refinery and the industry, and my thoughts are with all those affected at this time.
The Mid and West Wales AM praised the quick response of emergency service workers and staff at the Chevron facility who attended the incident before asking for a government progress report on the incident:
“Although the investigations into what happened are still at an early stage, I am sure Assembly Members will want to be updated on the investigation, to understand how this occurred and to be sure that any lessons will be learned – could I therefore ask that the Government allocates time for a statement and update at the appropriate time?”