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Deer Park Dow Chemical lockout ending

Dow Chemical ended its lockout with more than 200 chemical workers at its Deer Park plant last week. Workers were locked out of the plant on April 22 amid contract negotiations. The two sides have yet to reach a compromise, and Dow Chemical has declared an impasse. The union disagrees with the company's assertion that [...]

By |2019-06-11T17:46:23+00:00June 11th, 2019|Deer Park News|0 Comments

Deer Park man accused of killing son

A Deer Park man has been charged with the murder of his son in an unprovoked attack. Police say that Sherman Shirley Fricks, 69, attacked his son Sunday around 11 a.m. The incident took place at a residence in the 1300 block of Meadowlark Street. Police say that Fricks stabbed and shot his son, Sherman [...]

By |2019-06-04T16:05:38+00:00June 4th, 2019|Deer Park News|0 Comments

Dow locks out workers at Deer Park plant

A Dow Chemical subsidiary has locked out more than 200 workers at its chemical plant in Deer Park. Negotiations for a new labor contract broke down Monday, according to the company and the union. Dow and United Steelworkers Local 13-1 have been in contract talks for the Deer Park site since February 14. The employees [...]

By |2019-04-23T13:22:46+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Deer Park News|Comments Off on Dow locks out workers at Deer Park plant

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

Deer Park man slapped 12-year-old alleged bully

James Peace, a 37-year-old Deer Park dad, was arrested for slapping a 12-year-old boy over the weekend. He's been charged with injury to a child under 15. According to the victim, he and his friend were walking home from school in the 2800 block of Santa Fe. A man pulled up to them, and they [...]

By |2019-02-19T14:15:16+00:00February 19th, 2019|Deer Park News|Comments Off on Deer Park man slapped 12-year-old alleged bully

Elderly cancer patient warns of scam

A Deer Park family is warning others after a contractor scammed an elderly cancer patient of more than $19,000. Charla Goodwin hired an out-of-state contractor to fix her house after Hurricane Harvey had flooded her home with nearly a foot of water. According to Goodwin, her contractor, Kelvin Robins, created a contract and started the [...]

By |2019-01-02T14:57:31+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Deer Park News|Comments Off on Elderly cancer patient warns of scam

LyondellBasell starts contract talks

LyondellBasell has launched contract talks with nearly 500 union workers at its Houston oil refinery. The talks have begun nearly three years after they and thousands of other refinery workers walked off job sites in a national strike. The current contract started in 2015 and expires January 31. A new contract would be combined with [...]

By |2018-12-11T15:58:53+00:00December 11th, 2018|Deer Park News, Pasadena Texas News|Comments Off on LyondellBasell starts contract talks

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