Stacks at the Ashland Oil Refinery
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Although this refinery on the Big Sandy River at Ashland, Kentucky, has brought jobs and prosperity to the region, it has also contributed to one of the highest cancer rates in the country, I've been told. Still, anytime I drive between Lexington and Huntington, West Virginia, I wonder what vision the light, the humidity, the steam, the smoke and the flame will concoct. This day the only sight was the interesting architecture, but sometimes the acres of conduits and smokestacks bring to mind the Inferno.