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One injured in Pasadena refinery explosion

Posted on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 10:49 am by Williams Hart   

One worker was injured in a refinery explosion that occurred just after 10 am on Saturday, March 5, at Pasadena Refining System, Inc. (PRSI). According to reports, the explosion and subsequent fire occurred while a compressor was starting up. Officials believe that during this process, some hydrogen was released which ignited diesel fuel that was in the unit.

The worker who was injured in the incident suffered a flash burn to the head and was taken to Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena to receive treatment. While responders worked to put out the fire at the plant, a plume of smoke rose to great enough heights that the Houston Ship Channel had to be shut down temporarily.

This particular plant has a history of environmental violations.


Three injured in Texas City refinery fire

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 4:35 pm by Williams Hart   

According to an article on abc13.com, three workers were injured in an early morning fire at a refinery in Texas City. Marathon Petroleum Corporation reported that the fire occurred at around 2:45 am, injuring three employees, one badly. According to Marathon, the seriously injured contract employee was sent to a burn center in Galveston, Tex. via LifeFlight, while the two other contract employees were treated for minor injuries and then released.

According to reports, the section of the refinery that caught fire was closed at the time for planned maintenance. The exact cause of the fire is presently unknown and remains under investigation.

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