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Refinery Fire and Falling Debris Hit Mexico After 7.4 Quake

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Mexico on Tuesday killed at least two people, left others trapped under rubble and caused a fire at the nation’s biggest oil refinery. The epicenter was near the beach resort of Huatulco in …

Shut Philadelphia Refinery Begins Risky Job of Removing Toxic Chemical

PHILADELPHIA — Workers at the fire-damaged Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery took the first steps this week toward ridding the plant of roughly 30,000 barrels of modified hydrofluoric acid, a dangerous undertaking that has rarely, if ever, been performed under similar …

Exxon Faces Lawsuit Over Air Pollution from Petrochemical Fire

HOUSTON — Exxon Mobil Corp was hit with a lawsuit on Thursday over pollution from a fire at the company’s Baytown Olefins Plant, according to an attorney for Harris County, Texas, which filed the suit. The fire was being investigated …

Philadelphia Energy Solutions Files for Bankruptcy after Refinery Fire

Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company said on Monday, its second such filing in less than two years, after a fire last month prompted it to close the largest refinery on the U.S. East …

Philadelphia Energy Solutions Seeks to Shutter Oil Refinery

Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) will seek to permanently shut its oil refinery in the city after a massive fire caused substantial damage to the complex, the mayor confirmed on Tuesday after two sources told Reuters about the plans. A Philadelphia …

Fiery Houston-Area Tank Farm One of Scores Dotting Gulf Coast

A fire at a Houston-area petroleum and chemical storage complex darkened the skyline this week. Thick plumes of black smoke and the release of chemicals led to the shutdown of schools, businesses and roadways. Even though the fire at the …

Toxic Clouds Shut Down Houston Suburbs

Now that the four-day fire is out at a Houston-area chemical storage complex, the real danger has emerged. Cancer-causing toxins are wafting across the eastern suburbs of the fourth-largest U.S. city, shutting roads, schools and industrial plants, and disrupting everyday …

Investigators May Probe Houston Chemical Fire

Federal and local investigators are weighing a probe of the Houston chemical blaze as hazardous compounds waft near the burned-out site. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board “is following up on the incident and should be making a decision to send …

Houston Chemical-Fire Smoke Set to Descend, Closing Schools

About the photo: Residents look on at the plume of smoke rising from a fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Co. petrochemical storage site on Tuesday. As a towering plume of black smoke billowed a mile above Houston for a third …

Chevron Resumes Operations at California Refinery Shut by Fire

Chevron has resumed operations in a unit at its refinery in California’s Bay Area that was shut down after a massive fire last year. Company officials said during a conference call with analysts Friday that crews had begun feeding crude …