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The British Petroleum facility in Texas City, which has been cited numerous times for OSHA and enviromental violations for years and years which they never fix, even tho they are awash in cash, exploded yesterday around 1:30 PM Houston time, killing at last count 14 people and injuring well over a hundred. The facility produces 3% of the gasoline used in the world, most of which is used here in the US. The entire southern end of the Houston area reeks of gasoline fumes for miles, and the burning fires and mushroom cloud looked liked a nuclear attack. To give you an idea of the explosion, the hospitals are reporting numerous cases of shattered eardrums even two or three miles away. You all better hold on to your wallets - this is going to hit gas prices hard.

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this may just be the redneck genes taking temporary control, but I think the fuel companies use any excuse at hand to raise fuel costs. They have us by the short hairs.

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well it's working, the wife tried to fill up yesterday at 2.19 for diesel but the pump wasn't working. We went out this morning and it was at 2.29.

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It wasn't excuse making this time, they friggin leveled the place. One of the witnesses says the guys who worked there saw it coming because they were all running like hell out of the plant, with a hundred of them getting blown into the air as they were running, when it went off. First a small octane booster facility went off, and it touched off the gasoline. I've been ill all day over the gasoline fumes that reeked in my end of town all day and night. The whole southern horizon looked like God was throwing a bon fire for the devil. Incredible.


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It wasn't excuse making this time, they friggin leveled the place. One of the witnesses says the guys who worked there saw it coming because they were all running like hell out of the plant, with a hundred of them getting blown into the air as they were running, when it went off. First a small octane booster facility went off, and it touched off the gasoline. I've been ill all day over the gasoline fumes that reeked in my end of town all day and night. The whole southern horizon looked like God was throwing a bon fire for the devil. Incredible.
Kirk, this isn't a criticism, but why do you stay there? To read what you have to say about it and then to see the impact the refineries have on you and the rest of the city, I just don't see why you don't bug out. You know what I mean?

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Breathing benzene fumes can lead to cancer!
I hope benzene's boyfriend is aware of the risk...

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Wow, I hope the injured people bounce back OK. Have people suggested what may have caused it? Maybe one of the survivors saw whatever reading / error before the explosion?

We're driving our 5.9L V8 Ram a little more than usual (due to our 230k not being able to stay on a snowy yet perfectly straight road at low speeds) so we'll definitely feel the price hit. Price increases wouldn't bug me if I knew for sure that the oil companies wouldn't try to take advantage.

On that note, I wonder if they'll donate any money to the injured, or especially to the families of people who were killed. Regardless, I hope the families recover.
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Breathing benzene fumes can lead to cancer!
I hope benzene's boyfriend is aware of the risk...
Oh sweet jeezus, now you've gone and done it dude...hell hath no fury like Benzene scorned. Call in the airstrike...
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It wasn't excuse making this time, they friggin leveled the place. One of the witnesses says the guys who worked there saw it coming because they were all running like hell out of the plant, with a hundred of them getting blown into the air as they were running, when it went off. First a small octane booster facility went off, and it touched off the gasoline. I've been ill all day over the gasoline fumes that reeked in my end of town all day and night. The whole southern horizon looked like God was throwing a bon fire for the devil. Incredible.
Kirk, this isn't a criticism, but why do you stay there? To read what you have to say about it and then to see the impact the refineries have on you and the rest of the city, I just don't see why you don't bug out. You know what I mean?
It has a lot to do with the kind of programming I do, which is mostly concerned with forecasting and prediction. Houston is the home of thousands of product distribution businesses. They have a major problem - they have to put stuff on a boat, get it here, and assemble it into some kind of product, a process that takes from three to six months in many cases, while at the same time they have to react to a market that wants the finished goods on a one-week notice. Companies caught in this situation have to be able to predict demand to a high degree, or they end up with tons of crap nobody wants arriving at the docks, looking for a very expensive warehouse to hang around in while the owner goes broke. I have always found forecasting and prediction using computers fascinating, and this is one of three cities that offers the greatest opportunities for that kind of work. Since most of my immediate family lives in Texas, I had to pick Houston over L.A. or NY.


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Wow, I hope the injured people bounce back OK. Have people suggested what may have caused it? Maybe one of the survivors saw whatever reading / error before the explosion?

We're driving our 5.9L V8 Ram a little more than usual (due to our 230k not being able to stay on a snowy yet perfectly straight road at low speeds) so we'll definitely feel the price hit. Price increases wouldn't bug me if I knew for sure that the oil companies wouldn't try to take advantage.

On that note, I wonder if they'll donate any money to the injured, or especially to the families of people who were killed. Regardless, I hope the families recover.
Oil companies have reputations around here. BP is considered a secretive evil empire. They are after all, English.




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