Petrochemical Fire Halts Ship Traffic on Houston Ship Channel

By Gary McWilliams HOUSTON, March 22 (Reuters) - A petrochemical fire re-ignited Friday afternoon at a fuel storage facility outside Houston, adding to the danger from a containment wall breach earlier in the day that spilled chemicals and halted ship traffic in the nation's busiest oil port. Smoke filled the sky over Mitsui & Co.'s Intercontinental Terminals facility in … [Read more...]

Mitsui Petrochemical Unit Probed After Texas Fire Rages for Days

Update: Residents of Deer Park in the Houston-area were issued a shelter-in-place advisory Thursday after the petrochemical plant fire that burned for days released high levels of volatile organic compounds into the air. By Collin Eaton and Erwin Seba HOUSTON, March 20 (Reuters) - State and local investigators have begun probing a petrochemical storage company outside … [Read more...]

Petrochemical Fire Along Houston Ship Channel Spreads to More Tanks

By Gary McWilliams and Erwin Seba HOUSTON, March 19 (Reuters) - Houston officials and environmental groups raced to expand air monitoring after a raging fire at a Mitsui & Co petrochemical storage site spread on Tuesday, billowing acrid smoke that could be seen and smelled miles away. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co in Deer Park, Texas, has … [Read more...]

Tank Fire Along Houston Ship Channel Could Burn for Days -Official

By Erwin Seba HOUSTON, March 18 (Reuters) - A massive fire at a fuels storage company along the Houston Ship Channel may burn for two more days, an official said on Monday as the blaze spread a plume of black smoke across the city, shutting schools in two nearby communities. The fire began Sunday morning in a giant storage tank containing naphtha, a volatile substance … [Read more...]

Houston Eyes Exotic Bonds To Pay For A $15 Billion Dike

by Jack Kaskey (Bloomberg) -- A massive dike to hold back storm-driven floods surging in from the Gulf of Mexico was first proposed after Hurricane Ike devastated the Houston-area coast a decade ago. Last year’s Hurricane Harvey disaster brought fresh enthusiasm for the languishing project – along with a wave of investor interest. Now city and state officials in … [Read more...]