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Tesoro plans to shut down it’s March Point refinery for maintenance for several weeks starting in mid-January.

It’s unusual for the refinery to completely shut down. Closing down individual sections one at a time every three or four years is the usual practice, according to Tesoro Anacortes human resources manager John McDarment.

Considering that low oil prices are cutting profit margins, “this is as good a time as any,” he said.  McDarment indicated the refinery’s 360 workers will remain on the job through the maintenance shutdown.

The refinery generates about $30 million annually in employee salaries and wagers, as well as property taxes. It processes crude oil primarily from Alaska, Canada and Southeast Asia. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,187 Confirmed Skagit Cases
383 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

268 Hospitalizations
60 Deaths
12,313 Fully Vaccinated
35,145 Doses Given


323,839 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,500 Hospitalizations

5,032 Deaths Statewide

Updated 6 pm, March 4, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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