On March 23, 2005, tragedy struck Texas City, Texas, when Beyond Petroleum's (BP's) Texas City refinery had an explosion in the isomerization (ISOM) unit that killed 15 workers and injured 180 others. The explosion occurred when vapors overflowing from the blowdown drums in the ISOM ignited. The Texas City refinery is the third largest in the United States. It has 29 oil-refining units and processes about 460,000 barrels of crude oil each day. That is about 3% of the daily gasoline demands of the United States (“Welcome,” n.d.). All 15 workers who died were contract workers at the facility and were near temporary trailers being used to support maintenance and turnaround work at the refinery. Houses three ...
BP Texas City Explosion
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