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BP Texas Refinery Had Huge Toxic Release Just Before Gulf Blowout
07-20-2010, 08:05 AM,
#1
BP Texas Refinery Had Huge Toxic Release Just Before Gulf Blowout
We totally missed that one. Mainstream media is avoiding this like the plague:

Quote:TEXAS CITY, TEXAS -- Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the huge, trouble-plagued BP refinery in this coastal town spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the skies.

The release from the BP facility here began April 6 and lasted 40 days. It stemmed from the company's decision to keep producing and selling gasoline while it attempted repairs on a key piece of equipment, according to BP officials and Texas regulators.

BP says it failed to detect the extent of the emissions for several weeks. It discovered the scope of the problem only after analyzing data from a monitor that measures emissions from a flare 300 feet above the ground that was supposed to incinerate the toxic chemicals.

The company now estimates that 538,000 pounds of chemicals escaped from the refinery while it was replacing the equipment. These included 17,000 pounds of benzene, a known carcinogen; 37,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides, which contribute to respiratory problems; and 186,000 pounds of carbon monoxide.

It is unclear whether the pollutants harmed the health of Texas City residents, but the amount of chemicals far exceeds the limits set by Texas and other states.

For years, the BP refinery in this town of 44,000 has been among the company's most dangerous and pollution-prone operations. A 2005 explosion killed 15 workers; four more workers have died in accidents since then. Last year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company $87 million for failing to address safety problems that caused the 2005 blast.

In the weeks since the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank in the Gulf, BP has insisted that the incident, the nation's worst environmental disaster, was a disastrous but unusual misstep for a company that has done much in recent years to change its ways.

But a look at BP's record in running the Texas City refinery adds to the mounting evidence that the company's corporate culture favors production and profit margins over safety and the environment. The 40-day release echoes in several notable ways the runaway spill in the Gulf. BP officials initially underestimated the problem and took steps in the days leading up to the incident to reduce costs and keep the refinery online.

Former workers and industry experts say BP's handling of the recent release of chemicals was typical of the plant's and company's operating practices.

The 40-day emissions were initially reported by the Daily News of Galveston, Texas, but received little national attention.

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/157738/
http://www.propublica.org/article/bp-texas-refinery-had-huge-toxic-release-just-before-gulf-blowout
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07-20-2010, 10:28 AM,
#2
RE: BP Texas Refinery Had Huge Toxic Release Just Before Gulf Blowout
"We totally missed that one."

speak for yourself (no offense, it seemed kind of like a passing thought, but it was covered)...

the articles I've been posting about the media intimidation, particularly the ones relating to propublica and felony charges relating to press coverage of the gulf crisis have covered this topic, mostly in the linked articles - see the thread below:

http://concen.org/forum/showthread.php?tid=33762
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07-20-2010, 10:22 PM,
#3
RE: BP Texas Refinery Had Huge Toxic Release Just Before Gulf Blowout
Yes you did mention it in that article. However, this deserves to have its own thread rather than being buried under a load of information. Maybe it's just me. I like my news in digestable chunks Wink
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