Cancer-Causing Chemical Over Houston Channel Sends Hundreds To Hospital

Sunday, March 24, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Sun, 03/24/2019

Bloomberg’s update in the wake of the week-long Deer Park oil processing plant fire (now extinguished) and chemical spill holds nothing back, but underscores the seriousness of the situation after both city and Intercontinental Terminals Co. (ITC) previously sought to reassure residents days ago that “everything’s fine”.

Instead, as Bloomberg’s aptly titled headline reads, “Cloud of Cancer-Causing Chemical Hangs Over the Houston Channel” — this as hundreds of area residents have sought medical help for illnesses ranging from nausea to headaches to irritation and burning in the skin, eyes, nose and throat.

For many days running the nation was captivated by dramatic images of flames and smoke plumes hovering above the Houston area from the Deer Park petrochemical fire, which had initially triggered an emergency shelter-in-place order from city authorities when it began last Sunday March 17; and while firefighters had extinguished the raging inferno on Thursday, multiple chemical tanks reignited again late Friday, complicating efforts to clean up a massive chemical spill into the nearby Houston Ship Channel.

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