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Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 06:54:19 -0400
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:53:53 AM

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Table of Contents (5 articles)

K-SOLV FIRE IN CHANNELVIEW: HOUSTON TRUCK DRIVER FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST COMPANY
Tags: us_TX, transportation, follow-up, injury, hydrochloric_acid, petroleum

DPS: HAZMAT CLEANUP UNDERWAY
Tags: us_TX, transportation, fire, response, epoxy

FIREFIGHTERS WORK TO PUT OUT INDUSTRIAL FIRE NEAR MAGNOLIA
Tags: us_TX, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

OLDS FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED IN AFTER MYSTERY CHEMICAL CONTAINERS FOUND DUMPED NEXT TO RURAL ROADS ?? RED DEER ADVOCATE
Tags: Canada, public, discovery, response, unknown_chemical, waste

NIQUAN ASSESSES IMPACT OF POINTE-A-PIERRE EXPLOSION
Tags: Trinidad_and_Tobago, industrial, follow-up, environmental, petroleum


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K-SOLV FIRE IN CHANNELVIEW: HOUSTON TRUCK DRIVER FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST COMPANY
https://abc13.com/truck-driver-files-lawsuit-over-channelview-chemical-fire/10512528/
Tags: us_TX, transportation, follow-up, injury, hydrochloric_acid, petroleum

CHANNELVIEW, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston truck driver is filing a lawsuit after a massive chemical fire burned for hours at a transit facility in the Channelview area last week.

Houston attorneys Benny Agosto Jr. and Ben Agosto III said they filed the suit on behalf of Antonio Alvarez on Tuesday against K-Solv, the company that controls the facility of the fire.

K-Solv provides environmental protection, disaster services and chemicals to the petrochemical industry. The company is said to be a transit facility, meaning that they don't manufacture products at that location, but rather accept and ship chemicals.

Massive flames shot out of the K-Solv warehouse on Lakeside Drive around 4 p.m. last Wednesday. According to the fire marshal's office, known chemicals on site included, but were not limited to, hydrochloric acid, acetone, ethanol, ethylene dichloride, and other acids.

After monitoring air and water quality levels the following day, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said it did not find any areas of concern.

Alvarez's attorneys said the driver, at the time of the fire, was at the facility to make a drop-off and pick up a product. When the fire went off, Alvarez ran and stumbled to the ground as he was trying to get away, according to attorneys. He reportedly sustained "substantial injuries and trauma."

"As sequential explosions rang out, Mr. Alvarez made it to a high fence that he and other facility contractors squeezed and pressed against, while trying to scale it to escape the facility," read a statement issued by Alvarez's attorneys.

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DPS: HAZMAT CLEANUP UNDERWAY
https://www.gainesvilleregister.com/news/dps-hazmat-cleanup-underway/article_c4fee7d2-9b99-11eb-8b63-bb8434c1329a.html
Tags: us_TX, transportation, fire, response, epoxy

Northbound I-35 near Farm-to-Market Road 1306 is closed for hazmat cleanup, Texas Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Tackett said.

Around 7:33 a.m., state troopers were requested to investigate a crash in the area on I-35. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Peterbilt truck was traveling north on the interstate when for unknown reasons the trailer caught fire, according to a press release from Tackett, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

Tackett said the driver, 61-year-old Guy Mulcahey of Springtown, disconnected the truck from the trailer and moved forward. The trailer was loaded with an epoxy resin which is considered a hazardous material.

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FIREFIGHTERS WORK TO PUT OUT INDUSTRIAL FIRE NEAR MAGNOLIA
https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/04/12/watch-live-sky-2-over-scene-of-industrial-fire-near-magnolia/
Tags: us_TX, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

MAGNOLIA, Texas ?? Montgomery County firefighters are working to put out an industrial fire near Magnolia.
Firefighters said the blaze started at CETCO Resources located at FM 149.
Fire crews have isolated burning fuels by valving off equipment and HazMat team is on site monitoring as remaining fuel burns out. Please continue to avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/i0XzgnaJwk

?? MCFMO (**At_Symbol_Here**MCfiremarshal) April 12, 2021
Officials said there are no reports of injuries and the fire is contained to the site.

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OLDS FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED IN AFTER MYSTERY CHEMICAL CONTAINERS FOUND DUMPED NEXT TO RURAL ROADS ?? RED DEER ADVOCATE
https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/olds-fire-department-called-in-after-mystery-chemical-containers-found-dumped-next-to-rural-roads/
Tags: Canada, public, discovery, response, unknown_chemical, waste

Olds Fire Department was called in after containers of unknown chemical were found dumped next to rural roads at several locations.

Fire crews were dispatched about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday to Rural Road 14 in Mountain View County just north of Olds after getting a report about dumped containers.

Olds firefighters arrived to find several containers with various amounts of unknown contents left on the side of the road.

??Upon further investigation a second and third location were found within a five-mile radius, with one location being within Red Deer County,?? says a news release from the fire department.

??Some of the contents of these containers had leaked from containment but did not reach local water sources or drainage ditches.??

Firefighters isolated the area creating an isolation zone utilizing roadblocks to protect residents and the public from the potential for exposure and worked to identify the products. A contracted hazardous materials remediation company was called in to clean up the spills and collect the products for disposal.

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NIQUAN ASSESSES IMPACT OF POINTE-A-PIERRE EXPLOSION
https://newsday.co.tt/2021/04/13/niquan-assesses-impact-of-pointe-a-pierre-explosion/
Tags: Trinidad_and_Tobago, industrial, follow-up, environmental, petroleum

NIQUAN ENERGY is currently assessing the impact of last Wednesday's recent explosion at its gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant and is preparing to hear any concerns from nearby residents, vice president of corporate affairs Malcolm Wells told Newsday in an e-mail on Monday.

The explosion at the Pointe-a-Pierre plant shook nearby houses, but resulted in no deaths or injuries.

Since then the Ministry of Energy has named a technical committee to probe the incident. It comprises senior petroleum engineer Craig Boodoo, senior chemical engineer Yashi Carrington, mechanical engineers Sean Mahabir and Neisha Dipnarine, petroleum inspector Omattee Mathura and chemical engineer Shazil Yarsien.

Investigations are also being done by the fire service, Occupational Safety and Health Authority and Agency (OSHA) and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).

Newsday asked Wells if NiQuan would entertain claims for property damage from nearby residents.

"We are currently establishing a covid-compliant engagement process to provide the necessary reassurance to the local communities and to allow them to engage directly with us regarding any concerns/issues they may have. At no point during the incident was there a threat to residents," Wells said.

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