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Post-COVID-Oil refiners are making more money, but what about safety

As recently reported in the Houston Chronicle, from indoor dining to international flights, industries battered by the Covid pandemic are inching back toward normalcy, but perhaps none has turned a corner quite as clearly as the oil refining industry. There are many examples of energy companies that have shown great improvement in production and profits…

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EXPLOSION AT WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PLANT WITHIN 4 MONTHS OF PRIOR EXPLOSION AT WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PLANT IN SEPTEMBER, 2021

At least 6 were injured in an explosion at Westlake Chemical Plant that shook Westlake, Louisiana on the morning of January 26, 2022. The incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. at Westlake Chemical’s south plant after an empty Ethylene Dichloride tank exploded. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion at the chemical manufacturing plant….

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Westlake Chemical Shaken by Another Explosion

On the morning of January 26, 2022, Louisiana State Police confirmed an explosion at a Westlake Chemical Corporation facility in Westlake, Louisiana located between I-10 and I-210 on PPG Drive, just about 4 miles west of Lake Charles. Initial reports are that at least six people were injured, including five workers who have been hospitalized….

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Exxon Explosion, Baytown, Texas

On December 23, 2021, an explosion occurred at ExxonMobil Oil Refinery in Baytown, Texas. At least three (3) people were transported by air ambulance as officials responded to the “major industrial accident.” The explosion occurred around 1 a.m., where Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident and asked the residents to avoid the area…

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At Least Four Injured in ExxonMobil Explosion in Baytown

On December 23rd, the Harris County Sherriff’s Office responded to reports of a fire at the ExxonMobil oil refinery in Baytown. At least four people were injured, all of whom were taken to hospital. The incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. at the facility which houses a chemical plant, olefins, and a 560,500 barrel-per-day oil…

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Multiple Lawsuits Filed following September 27, 2021 Explosion

On September 27, 2021, the day of the incident, Westlake operators issued what’s called a “hot work permit”. The permit allowed welders to do their job in and around the refinery.  Unfortunately, Westlake’s operators failed to ensure that the work area was safe and free from hydrocarbons.  It is believed that the lines being worked…

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Westlake Chemical Petro Complex 2 Explosion

On September 27, 2021, an explosion occurred at Westlake Chemical’s Petro Complex 2 Unit in Sulphur, Louisiana. The explosion occurred around 11 p.m. Monday, September 27, 2021, at Westlake’s Petro 2 Plant on La. 108. Residents of the area reported plumes of smoke drifting into the sky after the explosion was visible from miles away….

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