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Investigations begin to find cause of petrochemical disaster

United States investigators are hoping to enter the site of the ITC storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, this week. They hope to find a cause for the disaster and to determine if the operator followed safety regulations. Fumes from benzene-containing fuel and fear of more fires have kept investigators out of the site. Investigators [...]

By |2019-04-02T15:57:34+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Chemical Plant Accidents, Deer Park News|Comments Off on Investigations begin to find cause of petrochemical disaster

Texas sues Deer Park petrochemical company

The state of Texas is suing Intercontinental Terminals Company for violating the Texas Clean Air Act. The lawsuit is related to the giant fire at the company's Deer Park petrochemical facility. In addition to the state, four La Porte residents have sued ITC. They're seeking damages of more than $2 million. The U.S. Chemical Safety [...]

By |2019-03-26T13:11:02+00:00March 26th, 2019|Chemical Plant Accidents, Deer Park News|Comments Off on Texas sues Deer Park petrochemical company

Deer Park chemical fire intensifies overnight

Two more chemical tanks caught fire at Intercontinental Terminals Co. overnight in Deer Park. The intensification of the fire occurred after water pressure dropped. Eventually water pressure was restored, and emergency crews continued to battle the fire overnight. Most of the chemicals identified in the fire are used to produce gasoline. Short-term exposure to the [...]

By |2019-03-19T15:01:59+00:00March 19th, 2019|Chemical Plant Accidents, Deer Park News|Comments Off on Deer Park chemical fire intensifies overnight

Workers file lawsuit after Pasadena chemical plant explosion

Some of the workers who were injured in a recent chemical plant explosion in Pasadena are suing Kuraray America. Eleven of the victims were sub-contractors with Turner Industries, and they were on scaffolds when the chemical plant explosion and fire occurred. Some of those injured fell off scaffolding, some were burnt and some fell as [...]

By |2018-05-29T17:56:56+00:00May 29th, 2018|Chemical Plant Accidents|Comments Off on Workers file lawsuit after Pasadena chemical plant explosion

17 injured at Pasadena chemical plant

At least 17 people were hurt in a fire and explosion over the weekend at a Pasadena chemical plant. The victims of the fire and explosion suffered burns and topical injuries. Kuraray America Eval confirmed the fire and explosion at the Pasadena plant. Officials say that they believe a valve malfunctioned, which triggered the explosion [...]

By |2018-05-22T13:31:41+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Chemical Plant Accidents|Comments Off on 17 injured at Pasadena chemical plant

Fire contained at La Porte chemical plant

A fire at a Solvay Chemical cooling tower in La Porte on January 22 was contained by La Porte firefighters. Officials say that a cooling tower at Solvay Chemical on Independence Parkway caught fire around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. No chemicals were involved in the incident. La Porte firefighters helped contain the chemical plant fire. [...]

By |2018-01-23T14:39:58+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Chemical Plant Accidents, La Porte News|Comments Off on Fire contained at La Porte chemical plant

Shell reports emissions at Deer Park plant

Royal Dutch Shell PLC reported emissions from its refinery in Deer Park, Texas today following a leak of benzene. Shell said the emissions happened over a four-hour period on October 25. They said the cause was rooted in an October 10 incident at the refinery and chemical facility. The material leaking, benzene, has carcinogenic properties. [...]

By |2017-10-26T14:20:52+00:00October 26th, 2017|Chemical Plant Accidents, Deer Park News|Comments Off on Shell reports emissions at Deer Park plant

Potential spills at Texas Superfund site after Harvey

The Associated Press reports that local officials reported a spill at a Houston-area Superfund site after Hurricane Harvey. According to the report, PRP Group led a cleanup team that called an emergency federal hotline to report a spill in the Vince Bayou, which is near the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site. The company reported two [...]

By |2017-10-10T15:11:50+00:00September 19th, 2017|Chemical Plant Accidents, Pasadena Texas News|Comments Off on Potential spills at Texas Superfund site after Harvey

Petrobras restarts Pasadena refinery

A Petrobras refinery in Pasadena, Texas, restarted their operations over the weekend. The weather and flooding conditions after Hurricane Harvey improved, and the plant was able to start once again. The refinery plans to be back to normal operations by the end of the week according to a Petrobras spokesperson. The plant in Pasadena has [...]

By |2017-10-10T15:11:50+00:00September 5th, 2017|Chemical Plant Accidents, Houston News, Pasadena Texas News|Comments Off on Petrobras restarts Pasadena refinery

La Porte “Chemical Emergency” is contained

La Porte firefighters and a hazmat team contained a chemical spill yesterday after a ruptured pipeline in the petrochemical district led to a shelter inside warning. Around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, residents of Baytown, La Porte and Shoreacres were given orders to shelter in place, which means they were told to stay inside, shut off [...]

By |2017-10-10T15:11:50+00:00August 29th, 2017|Chemical Plant Accidents, Houston News, La Porte News|Comments Off on La Porte “Chemical Emergency” is contained