Texas City refineries fail to report outages

June 19, 2009 4:41:28 AM PDT
Representatives of two refineries were summoned to a meeting with Texas City officials after they failed to report power outages that set off a series of extended flare burns this week. The non-emergency power failures located at Texas City refineries operated by Valero and Marathon happened Tuesday afternoon, The Galveston County Daily News reported.

Higher-than-allowed levels of chemicals were released into the air from the Valero refinery, prompting a report to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality while several units at Marathon's refinery went offline. That incident did not require an emissions report to the state's environmental agency.

Bruce Clawson, the city's director of emergency management, said neither company contacted the city as required.

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