At least two employees and one contractor have been injured after the TPC refinery plant explosion rocked the area around Port Neches Wednesday morning. According to reports, the explosion occurred around 1 a.m. at the TPC refinery plant located off Highway 366 near Merriman.
In addition to injured workers, residents living within a half mile of the TPC refinery plant have been evacuated, and residents within a mile of the plant are encouraged to evacuate. Authorities are concerned that butadine is being released into the surrounding environment. Short term exposure to butadine may irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) show that butadine is harmful if inhaled. Here is a link to a butadine MSDS: https://www.airgas.com/msds/001008.pdf
Alarmingly, local news reports suggest windows were blown out in homes up to 10 miles away from the TPC refinery plant.
Jefferson County is in the process of setting up shelters for people in the evacuation zone. Families outside the evacuation zone are encouraged to shelter-in-place. If you have been affected and are unable to leave the evacuation zone, or concerned whether or not you should evacuate, contact Jefferson County’s Office of Emergency Management’s (O.E.M.) at 409-835-8757.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or property damage as a result of the TPC refinery plant explosion, contact refinery plant explosion attorney Benjamin Roberts for a free legal consultation. Mr. Roberts has represented workers and residents affected by refinery plant explosions throughout the nation.