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Chesapeake Energy Fatal Gas Well Explosion
Chesapeake Energy Fatal Gas Well Explosion

Location: Burleson County , TX
Incident Occurred On: 01/29/2020

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, a gas well explosion fatally injured three contractors. The gas well was operated by...
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Watson Grinding Fatal Explosion and Fire
Watson Grinding Fatal Explosion and Fire

Location: Houston, TX
Incident Occurred On: 01/24/2020

The massive explosion fatally injured two workers and caused extensive damage to nearby structures. 

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TPC Group Explosion and Fire
TPC Group Explosion and Fire

Location: Port Neches, TX
Incident Occurred On: 11/27/2019

An explosion and fire occurred at the TPC Group chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas, on November 27, 2019.

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Aghorn Energy Fatal Chemical Release
Aghorn Energy Fatal Chemical Release

Location: Odessa, TX
Incident Occurred On: 10/26/2019

A release of hydrogen sulfide led to the death of one worker as well as a member of the public. 

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Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) Refinery Fire and Explosions
Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) Refinery Fire and Explosions

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Incident Occurred On: 06/21/2019

At approximately 4 am on Friday June 21, 2019 there was a release of vapor in the PES refinery alkylation unit. The vapor found an ignition source, causing a fire and multiple explosions. ...
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AB Specialty Silicones, LLC
AB Specialty Silicones, LLC

Location: Waukegan, IL
Incident Occurred On: 05/03/2019

On Friday May 3, 2019, a massive explosion and fire occurred at the AB Specialty Silicones facility in Waukegan, IL, killing four workers and causing extensive damage to nearby ...
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KMCO LLC Fatal Fire and Explosion
KMCO LLC Fatal Fire and Explosion

Location: Crosby, TX
Incident Occurred On: 04/02/2019

A fire and explosion at the KMCO custom chemical processing and speciality chemical manufacturing facility caused one fatality and multiple injuries.

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Completed Investigations

Midland Resource Recovery Explosion
Midland Resource Recovery Explosion

Location: Barbour County, WV
Final Report Released On: 12/17/2019

A tank violently exploded while it was being emptied of its contents.

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DuPont La Porte Facility Toxic Chemical Release
DuPont La Porte Facility Toxic Chemical Release

Location: La Porte, TX
Final Report Released On: 06/25/2019

The accident at DuPont’s facility, located east of Houston, killed four workers and injured a fifth when methyl mercaptan, a toxic chemical used in the company’s insecticide and fu...
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Pryor Trust Fatal Gas Well Blowout and Fire
Pryor Trust Fatal Gas Well Blowout and Fire

Location: Pittsburg County, OK
Final Report Released On: 06/12/2019

During drilling operations at a gas well in Pittsburg County Oklahoma, a large explosion fatally injured five workers.

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Enterprise Pascagoula Gas Plant Explosion and Fire
Enterprise Pascagoula Gas Plant Explosion and Fire

Location: Moss Point, MS
Final Report Released On: 02/13/2019

On June 27, 2016, explosions and fire occurred at the Enterprise Pascagoula Gas Plant in Moss Point, Mississippi.

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Arkema Inc. Chemical Plant Fire
Arkema Inc. Chemical Plant Fire

Location: Crosby, TX
Final Report Released On: 05/24/2018
On August 29, 2017, flooding from Hurricane Harvey disabled the refrigeration system at the Arkema plant in Crosby, TX, which manufactures organic peroxides. The following day people within a 1.5...
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Packaging Corporation of America Hot Work Explosion
Packaging Corporation of America Hot Work Explosion

Location: Deridder, LA
Final Report Released On: 04/24/2018
On February 8, 2017, three contractors were fatally injured and seven contractors sustained injuries in an explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America facility in DeRidder, LA. The fatally ...
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MGPI Processing, Inc. Toxic Chemical Release
MGPI Processing, Inc. Toxic Chemical Release

Location: Atchison, KS
Final Report Released On: 01/03/2018
On October 21, 2016, a chemical release occurred at the MGPI Processing plant in Atchison, Kansas. MGPI Processing produces distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. The rele...
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