Skip to comments.Texas City residents ordered to stay indoors as more refineries lose power
Posted on 04/26/2011 12:25:39 PM PDT by DallasDeb
TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) Three refineries, including a BP unit where a 2005 explosion killed 15 people, and a Dow Chemical plant lost electricity in outages that led to shelter-in-place emergency alerts and the cancellation of public schools Tuesday in Texas City.
The source of the power outages was still being sought, emergency officials said.
A second shelter-in-place alert, advising residents to stay indoors, was issued around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after a Valero refinery also lost power, Texas City Homeland Security coordinator Bruce Clawson said.
A BP refinery, site of the deadly March 2005 accident that also left 170 people hurt, and the Dow Chemical plant lost power around 11 p.m. Monday. The initial shelter-in-place order took effect after those two outages, but was lifted around 3 a.m. Tuesday, Clawson said.
Around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, electricity was lost at the Valero and Marathon Oil refineries, which activated their flare systems, the Galveston County Daily News reported.
Marathon quickly brought its power situation under control, Clawson said.
BP spokesman Michael Marr said a fire broke out at the refinery shortly after the power went out but crews were able to put it out. There were no injuries at the refinery, Marr said.
The city and BP reported no emissions of hazardous materials in the area, said George Fuller, assistant emergency management coordinator for the city.
"There was constant monitoring going on at all times and it did not reveal anything, although there's a strong smell of hydrocarbons in the air," Clawson told The Associated Press.
At the BP plant, workers were seen going into the plant around sunrise Tuesday, reporting for their shifts
just because it’s a conspiracy doesn’t mean it’s not true. Evidence would indicate that obamby is intent on breaking all the states that will not vote for him, or have worked against him in some way. That includes most southern states.
Now Barry has a flimsy excuse to do something draconian to the refineries, like shut them down!
That won't affect the price of gas though, and you are a racist if you say it will.
After reading about the refineries in Texas, this came to mind. Found it this morning on The Post & Email blog.
Treason in America: Martial Law
I would LOVE to see Obama try and shut down the Texas oil refineries, in fact I would PAY to see him try.
You want to see the brown stuff hit the big fan at about mach2? That would do it.
Now that is a conspiracy I could believe.
Now that is a conspiracy I could believe.
The story in Houston is that it has been SO dry in Texas that salt is accumulating on the insulators on the transmission lines. ERCOT confirms that the outages are on company assets internal to the plant, and that other customers are not affected.
Usually the rain keeps the salt off. No rain for a long time here.
President Cloward-Piven's only purpose in office is to overwhelm the system.
And anything that helps him accomplish that goal is on the table.
You would have a Republican President and super majorities in both houses come November.
And a very tired but proud Texas Nation Guard returning to their armories in January.
I would say that for once I'm grateful to be in California, except that Jerry Brown and our perpetually Democrat assembly are happily destroying California without Obama's help.
“Once is a coincidence, twice is happenstance, three times is enemy action.”
And yet I am not catching that pungent aroma....
EPA...shut it down.
But for 3 different companies?
My employer installs outdoor electronic systems near salt water (east coast, west coast, Florida, Houston) and we are required to use equipment that will not be affected by salt. I'm surprised that refineries wouldn't have similar protection.
That is oil production, not refining. The EPA needs to be overhauled and their power crippled but not completely removed IMHO.
Leave someone to throw a flag up but remove all powers over penalties and enforcement. Let each state handle their own backyard and make the decisions that impact them, like the Constitution was suppose to guarantee.
Hell, go so far as to turn all ownership of federal land back to the states as well except for active military bases while you’re at it.
*sigh* To be king for just one day...
Events like this remind us that it is important to have stored food and water. And to have some means of getting power and cooking food, too.
It is not electronic equipment. It is plant distribution power lines like you have running overhead through a neighborhood. Those insulators require washing in coastal areas. They are bought with extra distance (surface area) in that environment.
If there is not rain, many place actually have a washing program with hoses.
More likely that only one had serious fault and there was a cascading outage before the systems could be isolated.
You sound like a man who knows based on your profile. Thanks for the info.
I've bought those insulators for that area. I've instructed plant engineers how to estimate when to hire a washing crew.
And I used to watch the morning dew cause minor arcs from my beach house after a dry spell in the pre-dawn light.
“I hate to sound like a conspiracy nut”
Why? Our government runs on conspiracies.
“And I used to watch the morning dew cause minor arcs from my beach house after a dry spell in the pre-dawn light.”
Ahh - those romantic memories.
More than likely it’s due to a salt buildup on the power lines.
It’s been so dry here in Texas there has been no rain to wash the salt off of the lines so it will build up.
When you do get moisture on the lines it will short them out.
It’s common on the coast.
From your posts, I get the ‘feeling’ of “No big deal - nothing to see here”, - how does that square with these details from the article??
” outages that led to shelter-in-place emergency alerts and the cancellation of public schools Tuesday in Texas City.”
” A second shelter-in-place alert, advising residents to stay indoors, was issued around 5:30 a.m. “
” Around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, electricity was lost at the Valero and Marathon Oil refineries, which activated their flare systems,”
” BP spokesman Michael Marr said a fire broke out at the refinery “
“There was constant monitoring going on at all times and it did not reveal anything, although there’s a strong smell of hydrocarbons in the air,”
Even though, apparently, everything was pretty much brought under control, these details seem, to me, to add up to something more than “no big deal”.....
Refineries don’t have very efficient off switches.
There is a lot of product moving through the systems at significant heat and pressures. Some of those refineries have combined chemical units that have toxic components.
Sending large amounts to flares is the reality of an unscheduled shutdown.
Normal shutdown to avoid the flares would take a couple shifts for a whole refinery at the fastest.