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NASA Fire data ExxonMobile Baytown Facilityhttps://earthdata.nasa.gov/earth-observation-data/near-real-time/firms/active-fire-data exported to Google Earth.

ExxonMobil refineries are damaged in Hurricane Harvey, releasing hazardous pollutants Floating roof at one refinery sank in heavy rain“, reports the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/29/exxonmobil-refineries-damaged-in-hurricane-harvey-releasing-hazardous-pollutants/

According to the WaPo article ExxonMobil admitted to flaring “hazardous materials at its Baytown refinery Sunday and Monday“, as apparent on the satellite map.

35.64 inches of rain – i.e. almost a yard; almost a meter has fallen in Baytown due to Hurricane Harvey: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc1.html


An entrance to the ExxonMobile Baytown Facility on a cloudless day, Google Streetview.

According to the Washington Post,”Texas chemical plant in critical condition, raising possibility of explosion“By Steven Mufson August 29 at 8:07 PM , the (French) Arkema chemical plant near Crosby, Texas “was in critical condition Tuesday night after its refrigeration system and inundated backup power generators failed, raising the possibility that the volatile chemicals on the site would explode.” Over 40 inches (over one meter) of rain fell so that the site was “heavily flooded”. The site has had no electricity since Sunday morning. What if this were the South Texas Nuclear Project! The Arkema facility was shut-down on Friday, ahead of Harvey. Tuesday afternoon it decided to evacuate workers. Read the article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/29/texas-chemical-plant-in-critical-condition-raising-possibility-of-explosion/?utm_term=.0c73f57d3521

All workers evacuated?
According to Reuters, Arkema “said in a statement the situation at its Crosby, Texas, plant ‘has become serious’and evacuated all of its staff from the facility.”
UPDATE 3-Residents near Texas chemical plant evacuated over explosion risk Posted:Tue, 29 Aug 2017 20:20:22 -0400 Aug 29 (Reuters) – All residents within 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of a chemical plant in southeast Texas were evacuated on Tuesday as a “precautionary measure” on Tuesday because of the rising risk of an explosion, the local fire marshal’s office said in a Twitter message. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/UJQyUTZXL2Q/storm-harvey-arkema-idUSL2N1LF1T0


Arkema Facility near Crosby Texas, Streetview.

Harvey threatens more U.S. Gulf refineries, supply constraints emerge
Posted:Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:37:10 -0400
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Record rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey triggered more oil refining outages in Texas on Tuesday, bringing the total offline to more than 16 percent of overall U.S. capacity as the storm took aim at plants along the Louisiana coast.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/e9u_Zna7uWU/us-storm-harvey-energy-idUSKCN1B91KE

Storm Harvey paralyzes a fifth of U.S. fuel output
Posted:Tue, 29 Aug 2017 20:22:03 -0400
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey has shut nearly a fifth of U.S. oil-refining capacity, triggering worries about a gasoline supply crunch as the slow-moving tempest lumbers through the heart of America’s petrochemicals industry
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/OEJcNGY0eps/us-storm-harvey-energy-idUSKCN1B91KE

Houston, “Free Enterprise City” by Joe Feagin, summary: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/saul.cohn/courses/city/s1/Free%20Enterprise%20City.ppt