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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/bp-texas-city-loses-power-residents-warned-072035083.html

BP Texas City loses power, residents warned


HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc's 475,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Texas City, Texas, lost power at about 10:55 p.m. local time Monday (0355 GMT Tuesday), frightening local residents who were ordered inside to avoid breathing smoke from the refinery's flares.

"There was like a lightning flash back where the plants are," said Jennifer Reynolds, who lives about 2 miles from the BP refinery. "The sky lit up from the flares. My lungs are burning. It smells awful."

A BP spokesman said no injuries had been reported due to the power outage, which also knocked out electricity at BP's adjoining chemical plant. The cause of the outage was unknown.

BP "immediately called the city and declared a level 3 emergency," said BP spokesman Michael Marr in a statement. "The city declared a shelter-in-place for its residents."

The Galveston County Daily News reported on its website that the Dow Chemical Co plant in Texas City was also suffering electrical power problems early Tuesday.

Flares are used to burn of hydrocarbons that can't be processed normally in a refinery's production units. Burning off the material in the flares prevents potentially deadly explosions. When in use, the flares can be very loud and produce heavy black smoke.

Another resident posted on his website hearing what sounded like persistent rumbling from the direction of the refinery after receiving an automated message from Texas City's Emergency Management Office warning residents to remain indoors with their air conditioners off.

BP's Texas City refinery, the nation's third largest, reported electrical power upsets in March and April prior to Monday night's power failure.

In February, BP said by the end of 2012 it would sell the refinery, which was the site of a deadly explosion in 2005 that killed 15 workers and injured 180 others.

The refinery faces continued scrutiny from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to correct problems found after the 2005 explosion.

In August, BP paid a record $50.6 million fine to settle alleged safety violations found by OSHA.

That settlement came at the same time BP was under intense criticism for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon platform explosion which killed 11 workers and sent near 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico .

The London-based energy company is working resolve another $30.7 million in fines sought by the federal work safety agency for alleged safety violations at the refinery.

BP has promised to spend $500 million between 2010 and 2016 to improve safety at the refinery.

The Texas Attorney General has sued BP for pollution from the refinery during a 40-day release in April and May of 2010 that sent 500,000 pounds of pollutants into the air. The release is the subject of a $10-billion federal class-action lawsuit brought by refinery workers and Texas City residents.

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Re: BP refinery hit with power outage Houston declares lvl 3 emergency
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 10:35:03 AM »
Plant outages prompt shelter-in-place warnings in Texas City *updated*
Posted on April 26, 2011 at 8:55 am by chron.com Energy

Dale Lezon
Houston Chronicle

Power outages at plants in Texas City overnight led to shelter-in-place emergency alerts and the cancellation of public schools in Texas City.

Most of the plants, including Valero, had restored power by 8 a.m., but they were not yet back on line. However around 9 a.m., sirens were heard at the BP plant and fire trucks were seen racing into the plant.

Thirteen people went on their own to nearby hospitals. Bruce Clawson, Texas City Homeland Security coordinator, said no plant injuries have been reported.

Clawson said officials think they know what caused the outages but he declined to elaborate. He said plant officials said no emissions have been released. Residents who live near the plants said they heard what they thought were explosions just before they lost power. They said street lights also went out.

More: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2011/04/26/bp-refinery-dow-plant-lose-power-in-texas-city/
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State Scenario:
Following the 7.7 earthquake, there will be a statewide power outage for the duration of the exercise.

State Scenario:
• Power outage on Day 1

• Power outage on days 1 and 2 only

http://www.aap.org/disasters/pdf/NLE_11_Overview_Document_121610.pdf

Choosing the right staging area, pre-deploying resources so they are accessible during a crisis, planning for power outages, and expecting communication problems are all part of the planning process.
http://www.domesticpreparedness.com/commentary/Interviews/National_Level_Exercise_Roundtable/
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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bp-says-texas-city-refinery-power-not-reliable-2011-04-26



BP PLC  does not have reliable power at its refinery in Texas City, Texas, preventing the company from restarting units at the massive fuel production plant after a power outage last night, the company said Tuesday.

"We don't have reliable power at the plant yet," BP spokesman Scott Dean said. "We have intermittent power, but we want to make sure we have consistent power" before attempting to restart units.

The 437,000 barrel-a-day refinery lost power just before 11 p.m. last night, Dean said. The cause of the outage, which also brought down refineries run by Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) and Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) is still being investigated.   ::)

Valero and Marathon are in the process of restarting units at their refineries, the companies said.

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PUBLIC LAW 95-79 [P.L. 95-79] TITLE 50, CHAPTER 32, SECTION 1520 “CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM” “The use of human subjects will be allowed for the testing of chemical and biological agents by the U.S. Department of Defense, accounting to Congressional committees with respect to the experiments and studies.  The Secretary of Defense [may] conduct tests and experiments involving the use of chemical and biological [warfare] agents on civilian populations [within the United States].”  SOURCE – Public Law 95-79, Title VIII, Sec. 808, July 30, 1977, 91 Stat. 334.  In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 91, page 334, you will find Public Law 95-79.  Public Law 97-375, title II, Sec. 203(a)(1), Dec. 21, 1982, 96 Stat. 1882.  In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 96, page 1882, you will find Public Law 97-375.

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PUBLIC LAW 95-79 [P.L. 95-79] TITLE 50, CHAPTER 32, SECTION 1520 “CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM” “The use of human subjects will be allowed for the testing of chemical and biological agents by the U.S. Department of Defense, accounting to Congressional committees with respect to the experiments and studies.  The Secretary of Defense [may] conduct tests and experiments involving the use of chemical and biological [warfare] agents on civilian populations [within the United States].”  SOURCE – Public Law 95-79, Title VIII, Sec. 808, July 30, 1977, 91 Stat. 334.  In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 91, page 334, you will find Public Law 95-79.  Public Law 97-375, title II, Sec. 203(a)(1), Dec. 21, 1982, 96 Stat. 1882.  In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 96, page 1882, you will find Public Law 97-375.

Dude, WTF, I mean really, WTF?

Why isn't everyone involved with writing that in jail right now?
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