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Report: 33 injured in plant explosion { Geismar, LA}
WAFB ^ | Updated: Jun 13, 2013 11:22 AM CDT | WAFB

Posted on 06/13/2013 9:26:36 AM PDT by thackney

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reports that 33 people were injured in a Thursday morning plant explosion in Geismar, La. There are no confirmed fatalities.

Residents in St. Gabriel from Highway 3115 to Highway 74 should shelter in place as a precaution. Close doors and windows and stay inside.

Officials at the plant say the explosion happened at 8:37 a.m. As of 10:50 a.m., officials believe the fire is contained and the situation is stable. There were as many as 600 workers in the plant at the time of the explosion.

DEQ has completed the first round of monitoring around Highways LA 3115 and LA 73 and there was nothing alarming detected initially. The air monitoring area is being expanded now.

The Environmental Protection Agency has mobilized a START Team to help monitor the air quality around the plant.

According to DEQ, the release from the stack is reported to be residual propelyne – this is what's generating the smoke

According to Louisiana State Police, the evacuation of the plant and road closures will be in place until further notice.

"We are in the process of accounting for all personnel. Injuries have been reported, the number and extent of those injuries is not known at this point," said Tom Droege with Williams Geismar Olefins plant in a news release.

For those seeking family members, the Ascension Parish Emergency Operations Center has a set up a phone number: 866-380-2303. The EOC will not be able to patch callers through to their family members, but will be able to give callers the status of their loved ones.

Baton Rouge General Hospital also released a phone number for family members or employer personnel seeking information about potential victims. That number is 225-387-7767.

The St. George Fire Department dispatched an engine company and a chief officer to East Iberville High School to assist with triage and treatment of patients as requested.

Plant workers were taken by bus to various staging areas.

Homeland Security is also on scene assisting investigators, according to Lester Kenyon, the Public Information Officer for Ascension Parish.

"We train for these types of events because this is a heavy corridor for these types of plants along the Mississippi River," Kenyon told CNN.

Local routes to the plant have been closed by the local authorities. Here is a list of the road closures:

LA 74 and LA 30 at LA 3115

LA 30 at LA 74 is closed

LA 30 at LA 73

LA 75 at LA 3115

According to the company's website, it provides products to customers in the petrochemical industry. The Geismar plant produces 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene, both flammable gases used in industrial chemicals and plastic products.

The Olefin team is responsible for the ethane transportation business consisting of approximately 200 miles of pipelines, as well as a refinery-grade propylene splitter.

A neighboring plant says the major exposure is Butadiene spheres. They say that Williams Olefin has a hydrocarbon fire and the concern is that another explosion could occur and the fire is not under control.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

A fertilizer plant exploded in West, TX on April 17, killing 15 people – 12 of which were first responders - and injured hundreds. The explosion heavily damaged homes, businesses and schools in the town of 2,800. On Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied additional aid to West.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: deq; geismar

1 posted on 06/13/2013 9:26:36 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney
We had a guy pretty severe hurt in a gas fire a few miles from me last night. It seems pretty unlikely that he'll survive. It appears that he ran over a gas valve which then ignited right under the cab of the truck.

They call it an oil fire but these writers are morons.

Public safety director identifies man seriously injured in oil explosion as Clare County man
2 posted on 06/13/2013 9:32:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

wow, really hate to see that


3 posted on 06/13/2013 9:45:57 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

The Texas explosion and now Louisiana? DHS on the scene assisting? I wonder if something is in the offing?


4 posted on 06/13/2013 9:54:58 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Usagi_yo
The Texas explosion and now Louisiana? DHS on the scene assisting? I wonder if something is in the offing?

Distraction from Obama's problems?

5 posted on 06/13/2013 10:02:37 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Thanks, Mitt.)
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To: Usagi_yo

Petrochem explosions are not exactly a new thing.


6 posted on 06/13/2013 10:05:09 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Not seeing much on the main news channels about this. Prayers for those in the plant.


7 posted on 06/13/2013 10:11:48 AM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
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To: Usagi_yo; thackney

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_Disaster


8 posted on 06/13/2013 10:16:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

This is not a fertilizer plant. They make ethylene and propylene.


9 posted on 06/13/2013 10:17:23 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: MWestMom

Of course not. Why report much on an ongoing explosion/dangerous situation? That’s so NEGATIVE. I’ve learned more about this on FR-an international website- than on local media. All they give a damn about here is football- the stinking Saints. Keep the populace dumb and happy.


10 posted on 06/13/2013 10:18:13 AM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.Do what)
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To: thackney

I know, but it did ignite refineries and oil storage facilities in the neighborhood..........


11 posted on 06/13/2013 10:20:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: thackney

Looks like a traditional standard Olefins plant. Process involves taking Ethane and Propane subjecting it to high temperatures and pressures. Resultant materail from the Cracker is everything from Methane (C1), to all the way to complex long chain and polynuclear Aromatic. Generally C1 thorugh C12. Main products from an Olefins unit are Ethylene, and Propylene, with other byproducts generally sold as feedstocks to other processes.


12 posted on 06/13/2013 10:20:30 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey NSA Goon watching FR... Suck this - > |=====>)
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To: thackney

Uhhh, there’s an important bit of information missing in the article.

Can anyone guess what it is?

Journalism is a dead art. May it rest in peace.


13 posted on 06/13/2013 10:30:53 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Williams+Olefins&hl=en&ll=30.227517,-91.05031&spn=0.044237,0.093513&sll=30.241644,-91.021214&sspn=0.088461,0.187025&t=h&gl=us&hq=Williams+Olefins&z=15

14 posted on 06/13/2013 10:31:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Fresh Wind

????


15 posted on 06/13/2013 10:32:00 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: MWestMom

http://theadvocate.com/home/6241267-125/many-injuries-at-explosion-fire


16 posted on 06/13/2013 10:32:20 AM PDT by abb
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To: thackney

Never mind, I was looking for the name of the company. That should be in the first paragraph, not halfway down the page.

Don’t they teach that basic stuff in journalism school any more?


17 posted on 06/13/2013 10:39:53 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: abb

Okay, it’s 12:54 CST and finally FOX running a short blip on it but cuts away to run story on FEMA rejection of West, TX application for aide after plant explosion.

Well, prayers up for victims of LA blast and their families.


18 posted on 06/13/2013 10:56:02 AM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
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To: MWestMom

Video at link.

http://theadvocate.com/home/6241267-125/video-injuries-at-explosion-fire


19 posted on 06/13/2013 10:59:26 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb

Thank you.


20 posted on 06/13/2013 12:41:42 PM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
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Death toll rises in petrochemical plant explosion (video)
{UPDATE AND VIDEO}
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/06/13/olefins-plant-explosion-fire-in-geismar/

The explosion and fire today at a Williams Cos. chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, has left two people dead and another missing and presumed dead, according to a state official.

Ambulances transported 49 injured to hospitals, Jean Kelly, a spokeswoman with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, said in a phone interview. The cause of the explosion isn’t known, she said.

State police Capt. Doug Cain said a hazardous material crew going through the plant in Geismar after the Thursday morning explosion found one person dead.

The cause of the blast, reported around 8:30 a.m., was not immediately known. The fire was out by late morning.

Eight of the injured were taken to Baton Rouge Medical Center, where one was listed in critical condition and two others were in serious condition.

Early tests did not indicate dangerous levels of any chemicals around the plant in Geismar, about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, but area residents were told to remain indoors with doors and windows closed, said Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality.

She said helicopters took three or four people Thursday from the plant owned by The Williams Companies Inc., and ground ambulances took 30. Kelly did not have other details about injuries.

Workers scrambled over gates and ran from the plant when they heard the explosion, which shook the ground and was followed by a “ball of fire,” Daniel Cuthbertson, a fuel truck operator with CBI construction based in Taft, Calif., said later at a police roadblock.

The company said in a news release on its website that the flow of chemicals to the fire had been cut off by 10 a.m.

The plant makes ethylene and propylene — highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

A thick plume of black smoke rose from the plant. At a roadblock several miles away, where family members waited anxiously to hear about loved ones, flames were easily visible above the trees.

Kelly said an ethylene fire at ground level reportedly was waning several hours after the explosion.


21 posted on 06/13/2013 1:28:32 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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