WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE PASADENA REFINERY THAT RELEASED 3 MORE TONS OF AIR POLLUTION ON THURSDAY? “We worry about this plant more than we worry about the others,” Air Alliance Houston director Adrian Shelley tells Dylan Baddour after last week’s release of a 6,000-pound cocktail of toxic air contaminants from the Pasadena Refinery System complex, south of Buffalo Bayou just east of the Washburn Tunnel. The release occurred in the wake of a 7-hour power outage at the Petrobras-owned refinery (which played a role in the massive Brazilian corruption scandal that came to light last year); Baddour says this is the 8th contaminant release the company has reported so far this year (and the 65th since 2005). Shelley notes that the plant has a reputation for “large particulate matter (soot) release events that you really don’t see at other Houston refineries,” including the 2 tons of soot released on Thursday with sulfur dioxide gas and other contaminants; Shelley also notes that one of the plant’s key federal permits expired last year, resulting in a $7000 fine from the TCEQ. [Houston Chronicle; previously on Swamplot] Photo of Pasadena Refinery Systems, Inc. plant at 111 Red Bluff Rd.: Center for Land Use Interpretation (license)
all these job-killing $7000 fines are stifling Texas businesses.
As long as the fine is only something like $7000, why on earth would they spend potentially millions to upgrade their equipment? Texas: We’re Open For Business ™!
but they have a 2.8 rating on google maps. that means something, right? special designation for being universally hated in two different continents?
anyone able to translate portuguese?
Gross! And will local residents ask for accountability? Probably not when our dearly coveted dirty jobs are so much more important than the environment. This city and its mentality prides itself on being a toxic dump. Home to all the corrupt billion dollar oil/energy companies who’d rather keep destroying our environment and our health for the sake of lining their greedy pockets. Sorry but Houston is not a city of the environmentally conscious future but rather one happily stuck in its dirty, polluting industrial past like that of any developing, overpopulated third world city.
^ LOL SMH