On May 19, 2018, the release of ethylene from a pressure safety valve caused a flash fire at a La Porte plant, which sent 21 employees to the hospital. Despite the ongoing injuries to workers around the Gulf of Mexico, plant owners and local authorities seem unconcerned.
A recent explosion at a La Porte gas plant on Wednesday shook homes and caused concern as far away as Baytown and Sheldon. Some people were treated at the scene for ear pain and dizziness as a result of the 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.
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.
An explosion injured several workers at the Sunoco Logistics plant in Nederland, Texas on Friday, August 12, 2016, at approximately 8:40 p.m. Several workers, contracted to work on a pipe containing crude oil, were working the night-shift, when suddenly and without warning, the pipe exploded. The blast and ensuing fire caused severe injuries to several workers who were directly within the proximity at the time of the explosion. Thankfully, monitors with the state and federal governments found no immediate threat to the general public afterward.
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 Friday, August 14, Conroe was rocked by a massive explosion at the DrillChem Drilling Services plant on North Loop 336. Investigators now say that they do not suspect foul play.
At least two workers were injured after a fire erupted Monday night at the Chevron Phillips Chemical plant in Port Arthur. Although the exact number of injured has not been released, it is known that at least two persons were taken by helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where they remained in a burn unit as of Tuesday. The extent of their injuries has not been released.
Officials from Northwest Pipeline say that last week's dramatic explosion at an East Washington storage facility was caused by a pressure vessel rupture.
The Washington Post reports that the rupture occurred on a vessel that removes the carbon dioxide from the gas prior to liquefaction.
A La Porte plant erupted in flames this morning after a gas pipeline burst at Enterprise Products. At least two injuries have been reported in the workplace blast; firefighters have been on scene fighting the blaze since this morning. Two contract workers were treated onsite by emergency responders; their injuries were not considered life-threatening.