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Chevron buys Pasadena refinery

Chevron closed a $350 million deal to buy the Pasadena refinery owned by Petrobas last week. Petrobas is the Brazilian state oil company. The 466-acre Pasadena complex is Chevron's first facility in Texas, second facility on the Gulf Coast. The refinery can process more than 100,000 barrels a day of light crude oil. The Pasadena [...]

By |2019-05-08T12:05:37+00:00May 8th, 2019|Pasadena Texas News|Comments Off on Chevron buys Pasadena refinery

Woman injured, teen in CPS custody after Pasadena carjacking

A violent carjacking in the Pasadena area left a woman injured and a teen in CPS custody. The carjacking occurred around 1 a.m. on Axilda Street near Vinett Street on the morning of April 30. According to reports, a 29-year-0ld woman and a 16-year-0ld runaway arrived at a home in the neighborhood when several people [...]

By |2019-04-30T14:42:52+00:00April 30th, 2019|Pasadena Texas News|Comments Off on Woman injured, teen in CPS custody after Pasadena carjacking

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

La Porte business losing thousands daily due to fire cleanup

The owners of the popular Monument Inn say the ITC fire is costing them $22,000 a day. Their street is closed to customers while cleanup continues as a result of the fire. Bob and Ann Laws filed damage claims against ITC as the restaurant's insurance company has refused to cover losses. As of earlier this [...]

By |2019-04-16T13:24:22+00:00April 16th, 2019|La Porte News|Comments Off on La Porte business losing thousands daily due to fire cleanup

Tornado confirmed in Pasadena

The National Weather Service has confirmed that some of the damage from Sunday's storms came from a tornado. The EF-1 tornado touched down in Pasadena on Shaver Road near Fairmont Parkway. According to the NWS, the tornado lasted two minutes and traveled 30 yards. The tornado's top speed was 90 mph. Trees and power lines [...]

By |2019-04-09T16:01:39+00:00April 9th, 2019|Pasadena Texas News|Comments Off on Tornado confirmed in Pasadena

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