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The Arkema Plant Explosion

Harris County has filed a lawsuit against Arkema Inc. regarding the events that unfolded on their property during Hurricane Harvey. On Thursday August 31, 2017, explosions were reported at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas. The major flooding from Hurricane Harvey resulted in Arkema's power and redundant power systems failing. This led to some of the chemicals on-site to begin to heat up and ultimately explode. This caused plumes of thick, black smoke to be released into the air. Harris County is attempting to recuperate the expenses that were incurred by having their personnel respond to the scene. Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman stated, "We've shown if you're a bad actor, we'll hold you accountable." The county seems to be attempting to set a precedent that if you do not properly prepare for an emergency like this, you will have to pay.

Arkema Plant Suffers Multiple Explosions During Flood

Hurricane Harvey has caused catastrophic damage in Houston. An Arkema chemical plant located in Crosby, Texas, just 25 miles outside of downtown Houston, flooded as a result of the heavy rains in August.. On August 31, 2017, the first of two explosions occurred at the plant after floodwaters from the hurricane disabled power and backup generators, cutting off the refrigeration needed to keep the toxic chemicals stable.

Two Major Houston Area Plant Fires

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 around 4:40 p.m., a massive fire erupted at the Baytown ExxonMobil facility located along Bayway Drive near West. This 3,400-acre Baytown complex includes the nation's second-largest refinery and a sprawling petrochemical plant. At this time, the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Explosion in Pasadena, TX

On Saturday, January 16, 2016, an explosion occurred in Pasadena, Texas in the Bayport complex at a plant run by PeroxyChem. The explosion happened at a tank holding an oil-based cleaning solution. Three people were injured and one person died.

Pasadena Chemical Plant Explosion Leave One Dead, Three injured

A contractor was killed on Saturday in an explosion at a chemical tank at the PeroxyChem's Bayport plant in Pasadena, Texas. Two plant employees and a second contractor were taken to a hospital for injuries sustained in the explosion and an ensuing chemical spill.

Company Refuses to Name Possible Chemicals Released in Explosion

Two weeks ago an explosion occurred in Conroe, Texas at a drilling fluid supplier. Officials have not said what caused the initial fire, if any chemicals washed into nearby water sources, or what chemicals escaped into the air. Currently, the investigation into this incident is ongoing.

1 Million Pounds Of Propane Threatened Plant-Area Residents

The explosion of multiple propane tanks sounded like an array of bombs going off that lasted for almost 30 minutes according to residents near a Blue Rhino plant earlier this week. There were more than 53,000 20-pound propane tanks at the plant at the time of the explosion; the propane storage tanks at that location could hold up to 90,000 pounds of propane each.

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