By now, I’m sure you all know that power failures cause refineries, pipelines and natural gas facilities to backup and release huge amounts of toxic compounds into the air. If you haven’t heard about it, get caught up on this WFAA report.
Rather than planning in advance for all the different kinds of problems that could occur, officials try to figure out what happened after the fact.
Officials seek causes of power loss at Texas City plant
People were told to shelter in place, schools were closed.
By TOM FOWLER, AND DALE LEZON
About 25 people went to the hospital for respiratory distress. The VOC’s in the air were higher than TCEQ’s “handheld instrument” could register (probably the inaccurate Toxic Vapor Analyzer or TVA). In the Barnett Shale, VOCs are often higher than the TVA can measure.
It’s no wonder people were sick!
In the Barnett Shale, we know all about sulfur dioxide and the health impacts.