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Coastal News Roundup: Refinery Flare Edition

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Refineries often get rid of excess refining byproducts by burning them off. Those burning events are known as flares.

Last weekend, New Orleanians noticed a big fireball coming from the Chalmette Refining refinery. Some worried there had been an explosion, but it turns out it was a really big flare — a fiery plume that burns off excess stuff created during the oil refining process.


This week on the Coastal News Roundup, we take a closer look at flares. Mark Schleifstein from|The Times-Picayune breaks it down for WWNO's Travis Lux.



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