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Southwest Houston Residents Wary of Centerpoint Facility Given Safety Concerns

In December 2022, a community protest formed in the Southwest Houston neighborhood of Southwest Crossing; in response to Centerpoint Energy’s new propane facility that was recently constructed on the neighborhood’s fringe. Centerpoint, the Houston-based energy giant, reportedly began building propane-air peak-shaving facilities throughout Houston since 2019. Centerpoint is a beneficiary of an approximately $16 billion…

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Deadly Railroad Explosion in Houston

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a deadly explosion that occurred on railroad tracks located near the 26500 block of East Hardy Road in Harris County, Texas. On November 5, 2022, at approximately 8:00 a.m., a Union Pacific employee working on a railroad line was killed in a gas explosion, according to officials…

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Can You Sue Your Natural Gas Provider in Texas After a Home Explosion or Fire Caused by a Natural Gas Leak?

In Texas, there are generally few circumstances in which an aggrieved homeowner may sue their natural gas provider for ordinary negligence for a home explosion or fire caused by a natural gas leak. For each natural gas provider in the State, the circumstances are limited and specifically identified in each provider’s tariff, a document the…

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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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