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Explosions at Arkema Plant Shine Light on Irresponsible Deregulation

Arkema chemical plant, Texas, flood - photo by CNBC

A series of explosions rocked the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, on Thursday as flood waters killed power and backup generators to refrigeration systems that kept the stored chemicals stable. The facilities were abandoned earlier in the week with the French-owned company saying that there was nothing it could do to prevent the plant from exploding. Residents within a 1.5-mile radius of the plant just east of Houston were forced to evacuate, but more than a dozen public safety officers required medical treatment at a nearby hospital after inhaling noxious smoke billowing from the chemical fires. Arkema says more explosions ... Read More

Major Refineries and Pipelines Shut Down Amid Texas Floods

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The U.S. is bracing for fuel shortages and higher prices at the pump as Hurricane Harvey floods forced the closure of major oil refineries in Houston, including the country’s largest oil refinery and busiest pipelines. Motiva, the largest refinery in the U.S., said early Wednesday that it started closing its Port Arthur refinery “in response to local flood conditions” and that the plant would not reopen until the flood water receded. The plant had been operating on just 40 percent capacity on Tuesday. Half of the other refineries in and around the nation’s oil hub closed as well. The refinery ... Read More

Impending Explosion at Arkema Chemical Plant in Houston

Arkema chemical plant, Texas, flood - photo by CNBC

Arkema SA has warned the public that it’s just a matter of time until its chemical plant in Crosby, Texas explodes due to the extreme flooding in and around the facility. “We have an unprecedented 6 feet of water at the plant,” Arkema President and CEO Rich Rowe said in a statement about the situation Wednesday. “We have lost primary power and two sources of emergency backup power. “As a result, we have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire. The high water and lack of power leave us with ... Read More

Louisiana’s oyster production still struggles after oil spill

The typical oyster season in Louisiana, which starts in September, produces an average of 25o million pounds of oysters – about one-third of the nation’s oyster supply. This year, however, thanks to the BP oil spill and the Mississippi River floods in May, water salinity levels will cause oyster production to plummet to half its usual volume. Moreover, the 2012 harvest is expected to be about just 35 percent of the average yield. Water saline levels, influenced by the amount of fresh water pouring in from the Mississippi River and other sources, are the key to sustaining a healthy oyster ... Read More