Marathon Settles Class-Action Suit Stemming from 2013 Storage Tank Explosion at Detroit Refinery

The Detroit News, January 11, 2018

Marathon Petroleum Co. has reportedly agreed to settle a federal class-action lawsuit stemming from a 2013 storage tank explosion at its 132,000 bpd Detroit Refinery.  Marathon has agreed to pay the two who filed the suit — Anna Widdis and Jason Bastien — $1,000 each and distribute $100 gas gift cards to the first 200 other plaintiffs in the class-action suit. Marathon also agreed to rebuild an above-ground storage tank for $1.4 million and modify another tank for an $650,000 as part of the settlement agreement. In addition, the company will pay $22,000 in attorney fees for class counsel and up to $11,000 for costs and expenses related to the administration of the settlement, notice and claims process.

Click here to read the full article from The Detroit News.

Comments and Discussion

There are no comments yet.

Add a Comment

Please log in or register to participate in comments and discussions.

Inspectioneering Journal

Explore over 20 years of articles written by our team of subject matter experts.

Company Directory

Find relevant products, services, and technologies.

Job Postings

Discover job opportunities that match your skillset.

Case Studies

Learn from the experience of others in the industry.

Event Calendar

Find upcoming conferences, training sessions, online events, and more.

Industry News

Stay up-to-date with the latest inspection and asset integrity management news.


Read short articles and insights authored by industry experts.


Commonly used asset integrity management and inspection acronyms.

Asset Intelligence Reports

Download brief primers on various asset integrity management topics.


Watch educational and informative videos directly related to your profession.

Expert Interviews

Inspectioneering's archive of interviews with industry subject matter experts.