One Injured in Refinery Explosion in Houston
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News March 05, 2016
A refinery near Houston exploded leaving one person injured One person was injured when a generator inside , authorities said Saturday. Officials at the Pasadena Refining System Inc. facility are doing a head count, Pasadena police spokesman Vance Mitchell said, and he believes the injured person was taken to a nearby hospital. Mitchell did not know the extent of the person's injuries.
In September 2011, there was a brief fire with no injuries in a distillation section of the plant, which can refine 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day into products like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Three months later, two people were injured in explosions when sludge at the bottom of a tank ignited, unleashing a fireball.
Mitchell says a plume of blue and black smoke could be seen rising from the refinery Saturday, but that no evacuation was ordered.
Plant officials told authorities there was no danger to the public and no chemicals were released.
Washburn Tunnel, which is nearby and runs beneath the Houston Ship Channel, was closed and workers inside were told to shelter in place.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the plant has a history of 'significant violations' of the U.S. Clean Air Act, and was assessed $1,143,000 in fines because of these violations.
A complaint was filed against the company for failure to follow regulations in connection with the storage of a motor vehicle and engine fuels. The company also paid $2,000 in fines for this in August 2014.
The plant is known to store several chemicals, including Ammonia, Benzene, Ethylene, Hydrogen Cyanide, N-Hexane, Propylene, and Sulfuric Acid.