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Houston Refinery Explosion Burns One Worker, Alarms Neighboring Communities

HOUSTON, Texas — One refinery employee sustained burn injuries when a unit of Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. (PRSI) in Pasasena, Texas, exploded Saturday, March 5, sending clouds of toxic, black smoke over surrounding neighborhoods. Authorities have not determined what caused Pasadena Refining Systems’ Hydrogen Desulphurization Unit to explode shortly before 10:15 a.m., but company officials said that the refinery’s emergency response team worked to put out the flames. Black smoke from the refinery explosion descended on adjoining neighborhoods, prompting the closure of sections of the Houston Ship Channel. The U.S. Coast Guard sent hazmat teams to the area to investigate air ... Read More

Houston Air Pollution Study Finds Toxic Levels of Benzene In Surprising Places

The results of an independent study conducted by a group of environmental scientists who tested air pollution in several areas throughout the Houston, Texas, area uncovered some disturbing results for some residents who live in the vicinity of oil pipelines. Scientists with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) expected to find benzene and other toxic substances in the air in Houston neighborhoods near oil refineries and other industrial complexes along the Houston Ship Channel, and they did. Pollution there has been documented for years. But the researchers also found high levels of benzene in the air in neighborhoods near oil ... Read More