The Deer Park chemical facility that caught fire last week has a long history of state and federal environmental violations. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) has been fined for multiple infractions that could have been avoided. In 2008, ITC was fined when a relief valve failed causing 6,745 pounds of unauthorized butadiene to be released into the atmosphere due to the facility's failure to prevent an increase in pressure. The Commission said the event was "avoidable by better operational practices." Butadiene is a carcinogen to humans and is used to make plastics.
Just before 11 A.M. on March 17th, 2019 a chemical plant fire occurred at the Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC, also known as "ITC", which is located near Highway 225 and Independence Parkway in Deer Park, Texas. The blaze continued to burn all day Sunday and has continued into Monday. Emergency crews have continuously worked around the clock to keep the fires contained. Unfortunately, additional tanks subsequently caught fire overnight. Nearby schools were closed for the day as a precaution.
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.
On Wednesday evening, at least 15 people were killed and more than 160 others were injured after a massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Company plant in West, Texas. Volunteer firefighters had been battling a fire at the plant for approximately 20 minutes before the blast occurred. According to reports, the explosion was so powerful that it registered as a 2.1-magnitude earthquake with the United States Geological Survey, and the massive plume of smoke could be seen up to 45 miles away. Officials said that the blast destroyed between 60 and 80 homes in the five-block radius around the plant. Nearly half of the town's 2,800 residents have been evacuated, including 133 patients from a nearby nursing home.