August 1, 2019 - Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management said at least 66 ExxonMobil employees and contractors were sent for medical evaluation after an explosion and subsequent fire broke out at the ExxonMobil oil refinery on Wednesday. The explosion rocked the town of Bayton, Texas, about 25 miles east of Houston, just after 11:00 a.m., sending huge plumes of black smoke into the sky.
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Update: Texas County Files Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil Over Chemical Fire
August 2, 2019 - ExxonMobil was targeted in a lawsuit filed by Harris County, Texas, just 2 days after a major fire broke out at the company's Olefins plant in Baytown, according to Law360. The suit alleges that the blaze released air pollutants which violate the state’s environmental laws. Harris County is seeking a temporary and permanent restraining order to prevent future fires, and for the company to abide by the Texas Clean Air Act.
“The Harris County Pollution Control Department conducted an emissions event investigation in response to the emissions event,” Harris County said in the complaint. “The fire resulted in the emission of multiple air pollutants, including propylene, LPG, propane and associated products of combustion. The investigation into the July 31, 2019, emissions event concluded there have been violations of several Clean Air Act provisions.”
The lawsuit is: Harris County, Texas et al. v. Exxon Mobil Chemical Co., case number 2019-52676, in the 190th District Court in Harris County, Texas.
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What’s the problem?
The fire had not been fully extinguished by Wednesday evening, but authorities lifted a shelter-in-place order that affected nearly 5,000 area residents that had been implemented as a precautionary measure. The facility processes light hydrocarbons including propane and propylene, which are used to make plastic and industrial products, according to NBC News.
Jason Duncan, manager of the ExxonMobil plant in Baytown, said many of those hurt suffered minor burns or similar injuries, and that all were being treated at a local clinic.
"It is our number one priority to protect the people in the community and the people that work for us," Duncan said.
It is still unclear as to what caused the explosion, but the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.
The incident marks at least the third fire at a Houston area petrochemical plant this year, including another at an ExxonMobil Baytown complex in March.
Big Fire Breaks Out at ExxonMobil Refinery in Texas: VOA News Video
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