Thursday, August 31, 2017


CHEMICAL PLANT IN HOUSTON SUFFERS EXPLOSIONS

Yesterday in expectation of the explosions, Harris County evacuated everyone within a mile and a 1/2 radius of the plant.  The plant stores chemicals which require refrigeration.  They lost their electricity, and back up generators, leaving the chemicals exposed to explosion.  Well it has happened.

"The Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, was the site of a fire and chemical releases Thursday, confirming worries about volatile organic peroxides that had forced the evacuation of the surrounding community over fears that they could explode.

Due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the plant lost power — and the ability to safely store chemicals that can explode and cause intense fires.
Early Thursday, Arkema said that two explosions were reported at the plant northeast of Houston, adding that the Harris County Emergency Operations Center had also told it black smoke was rising from the plant"
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""What will happen with these containers that are inside these box vans is, they will pop. And they will heat up, and they will catch on fire. And as such, they will burn with intensity until the fuel is consumed — and then they will die down again."
Royall and Gonzalez refused to call the incident an explosion — a distinction that drew questions from reporters at a dawn briefing in Crosby.
Okay, whether containers popped, or exploded, it is a difference without meaning. The chemicals were released and are burning.  
A LESSON FROM HARVEY
Here is the deal.  What do we have at the port?  What do we have planned for the port?  Can our port handle the loss of electricity without compromising chemicals being stored or processed at the port?  Our port commissioners owe us assurances as to what is currently at the port and what they are planning on bringing into the port.
I am already preparing for hurricane Irma.  It will be a week before it enters the Caribbean.  From there it is any one's guess from hitting South America, Central America, Mexico or the US.  I know this, being 20 miles inland if we get hit by a Harvey my house is gone.  I am getting 50 sandbags ready and will store them for future use.  For me this is a two week process.  The reality is I need 100 bags to even have a chance to keep the water out.   It could be years before I use them, but you do not wait until 3 days before a storm to get ready.

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