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.
It seems that insurance companies get in the way of resolving problems. For example, cleanup of a chemical spill that shut down U.S. Highway 287 was delayed by insurance company concerns earlier this month. The issue: Who is paying for the cleanup? The accident, which occurred when a tanker truck overturned on 287 between Memphis and Childress, spilled 2,640 gallons of a toxic mixture of lead, calcium-zinc and Rea Tin 4435 onto the highway and adjacent ground.
On March 9, the medium range tanker Carla Maersk collided with the supramax bulk carrier Conti Peridot in the Houston Shipping Channel off Morgan's Point. While news sources report no injuries, the collision ruptured Carla Maersk's tanks, spilling thousands of barrels of the flammable chemical MTBE. The spill caused the shutdown of an 8-mile portion of the 50-mile waterway for nearly two days, and resulted in a "shelter-in-place" order for residents of Morgan's Point.
In January, a chemical company spilled a coal-cleaning agent into a West Virginia river, leaving 300,000 people without safe drinking water. Six executives of the chemical company were charged by federal authorities for violating the Clean Water Act.