Thursday, March 24, 2005

The emissions event in Texas City


In the petrochemical world of Texas, yesterday's conflagration in Galveston County is an "emissions event."

It seems incongruous to call such a massive and deadly explosion by such an innocuous name, but sure enough, a standard emissions event report was filed today.

Just like the dozens of emissions events I allude to here in Brazoria County. A lil' benzene here, a lil' hexane there, that sorta stuff.

Of course, I mostly make fun of the emissions events that occur in and around Brazosport, but the underlying reason for writing about them is simply to tweak the powers-that-be, let 'em know someone's keeping track, besides those who get paid for doing so. The efforts on this blog, I know, don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy mixed-up pertrochemical world, but there you have it. And a few people have written to say it's appeciated, and I don't think they're being sarcastic, so blog on about emissions events I will on a need-to-know basis.

But it's important, I guess, to say that none of this stuff is funny at all, when you get down to it, whether's it your standard pissant emissions event or something genuinely tragic like what occurred in Texas City.

So here's the emissions report if you wish to peruse:

[Report 55685]

1 comment:

Kevin said...

I think your emissions reporting is damn good blogging.

That you also make it entertaining is just a plus for readers.