On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, an explosion and the resulting fire rocked the Exxon Mobil oil refinery in Baytown. Not long after the all too familiar black plumes of smoke rose into the air. Soon after this, the city of Baytown issued a shelter in place order. Those that experienced this same scenario with ITC know all too well what may soon follow. However, this facility processes light hydrocarbons, instead of the benzene used at ITC. So the effects may be different.
Older Plants, More Problems
Some are beginning to wonder if these recent refinery fires could signal a new trend. As these refineries age, they will become more prone to accidents and even fires. In the same way that an older car doesn’t perform as well as the latest model. While some plants have had upgrades and retrofits done, others have not. Some experts worry that those plants without updates could become disasters waiting to happen.
What Can You Do
When a company’s negligence needlessly endangers the public, such as by exposing local residents to a massive smoke plume, that company must be held responsible. Texas law allows individuals who have been exposed to hazardous chemicals to recover for those injuries. Key to this is finding the right trial lawyer with a proven track record of success in the courtroom.