Thursday, August 11, 2005

Just Another Day on the Chemical Coast

HoustonChronicle.com - BP reports fire, explosion, leak, shut down, all within 24 hours: "Blast at BP plant shakes Alvin area
No injuries are reported at Chocolate Bayou
By MIKE GLENN, JENNIFER RADCLIFFE and DINA CAPPIELLO
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Fire crews were still battling a blaze at BP's Chocolate Bayou plant early this morning after an explosion in a plastics manufacturing unit shook the Alvin area Wednesday night.

No injuries were reported in the 9:40 p.m. blast, which was the second incident to occur at one of BP's Gulf Coast facilities in less than 24 hours. Early Wednesday, a unit at BP's Texas City refinery sprung a leak, sending nearby residents indoors for the second time in less than two weeks and causing the company to shut down parts of the plant for inspection.

At the Chocolate Bayou plant, which operates under the name of BP subsidiary Innovene, there was no risk to residents of exposure to toxic chemicals, BP spokesman Hugh Depland said late Wednesday."

2 comments:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I heard the fumes from those burning chemicals can destroy old paperback book pages. Probably just as nasty rumor.

Jeff Meyerson said...

"Chocolate Bayou" makes it sounds so benign, doesn't it, like maybe a lake of Hershey's syrup.