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Crude oil tank eruption rattles Texas city

Associated Press -- GALVESTON, Texas -- A crude oil tank has exploded and is burning on waterfront docks in Galveston, Texas, rattling the island city. No injuries have been reported.

Fire companies from Texas City and La Marque came from mainland Texas to join their Galveston counterparts in fighting the fire on the city's northern waterfront.

City spokeswoman Alicia Cahill says two tanks were burning after the 7:30 p.m. Thursday explosion near the bridge to Pelican Island, an industrialized barrier island just north of downtown Galveston. The bridge to Pelican Island is closed. People at Texas A&M University at Galveston, which is on Pelican Island, are being asked to stay in place.


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Submitted Feb 24, 2012 By: Martinman
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 8:42:13 AM

Interesting that this occurred at a biodiesel plant.
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drpepperTX
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Update as original story had some incorrect info:GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) -- Emergency crews stayed on the scene of a three-alarm fuel tank fire in Galveston all night to completely put out the flames.

Firefighters were about to contain the flames at Galveston Bay Biodiesel on Old Port Industrial Road near the Galveston Ship Channel. This, after a fire started in a tank of light crude around 7pm last night.

A total of 35 firefighters from the Texas City, La Marque and Galveston fire departments fought the fire. Firefighters put foam on it to keep it from spreading, but light crude burned for quite some time. They were able to keep it from spreading to nearby tanks.

Crews were able to contain the flames around 10pm, and worked through the night.

The fire flared overnight when some foam blew off. Firefighters had to put down another layer of foam.

"We're trying to relieve our crews because of the intense heat of the fire," said City of Galveston spokeswoman Alicia Cahill. "In the meantime, we've activated our mutual aid agreements with Jamaica Beach and Texas City to protect the rest of Galveston Island."

The fire was far enough away from neighborhoods, but a precautionary shelter in place was issued for the A&M campus in Galveston. About 850 students were forced to stay campus for more than three hours.

"Right now, the wind is blowing toward our bay area and toward the Ship Channel. It's blowing away from Galveston Island and the officials at the university felt that without knowing when the fire would be extinguished, this would be the best thing to do for their students," Cahill said.

The Pelican Island bridge also was also closed for about three hours Thursday night, but it reopened shortly before 10:30pm.

The areas around the site, including access along Harborside between 29th and 51st streets, were restricted but reopened by 11:30pm.

Initially, we received word that two fuel tanks were on fire, but authorities later determined that only one tank was. There's no word yet on how that tanker caught fire.

At least one firefighter was transported for smoke inhalation, but no other injuries have been reported.
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bullet226
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 6:29:20 AM

Uh oh
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 6:20:15 AM

Ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Chem60
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 6:16:52 AM

With apologies to Glen Campbell:

"Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the oil tanks flashing"

I hope they get it under control quickly and nobody gets injured.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 5:45:36 AM

Yeah, and the price goes even higher, right?
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I feel another jump in gas prices shortly.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 4:56:39 AM

At the rate we are going with explosions and other issues at refineries, we won't have to worry much longer about fuel prices.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 4:54:47 AM

Another spike on the way....
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:58:58 AM

Hopefully there are no other tanks close enough to catch fire...
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:51:20 AM

...oh, crap, another excuse to drive the gas price rocket ride...
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:24:29 AM

interesting how these things happen when they want prices to go up
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:22:11 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:20:49 AM

Well our corrupt & greedy big oil & government said gas will be at $5.00 a gallon by summer but I didn't think it would happen like this. Funny how something this big can blow up & burn with no one getting hurt. The crew must have been told to leave the tanker before it exploded. This way no one can sue for being hurt or killed.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:18:10 AM

Terrorism
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:17:06 AM

Glad no one was killed there.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:16:30 AM

"1fulltank" Why YES !!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:15:50 AM

WoW! Anybody know where I can see some pictures or video?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:14:53 AM

Why did it explode? I guess it does not matter. The ghost of Rahm Immanuel will "waste no opportunity" to spin this in some twisted manner.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:14:29 AM

This will be worth a $0.50 rise in California
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There goes the losers we call speculators! Gas will be going up now...**sigh**
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:10:41 AM

So is this goibg to be spun into another reason for a rise in fuel prices?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:10:39 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:09:18 AM

small story
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:06:52 AM

Oil is messy, but what about our own trash that we're building mountains with?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:05:15 AM

another reason gas is jumping
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:02:29 AM

It's nothing. No one injured, hopefully the firefighters don't get hurt.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:59:06 AM

Oil is messy. It has always been messay. We may have better choices now.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:57:23 AM

and don't forget, Explode here.
hate to say, we're exporting more than we're using. Inland drilling is the reason.

[Edited by: AUREOLAE at 2/24/2012 2:58:22 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:53:49 AM


Drill Here.
Refine Here.
Sell Here.
Employ Here.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:40:21 AM

More up again...
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:37:27 AM

Cool.
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Expect gas to go up.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:35:15 AM

Couldn't have been too big. It didn't make the 10-PM news in Dallas.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:34:42 AM

Another Accident" Is it more accidents or just more reporting.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:33:40 AM

Sad
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:23:47 AM

How much will this raise prices?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:23:14 AM

How sad for the people who are directly affected by this. I'm curious to know what the storage capacity of the tank was and exactly how much crude oil was lost.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:22:43 AM

Sounds like gas going up again.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:21:27 AM

Yeeow
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:19:11 AM

Thats to bad but accidents happen.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:18:54 AM

And there is ANOTHER EXCUSE!!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:16:31 AM

too bad
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:14:26 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:13:14 AM

Could this be tomorrow's excuse for higher gas prices? Sure. Why not.
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Ok!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:10:55 AM

Be interesting to see what the cause of this was.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:08:23 AM

How sad for the people who live and work around there.
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What!?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:59:04 AM

Very scary.
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