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Posted on 08/31/2017 5:35:36 AM PDT by Rockitz
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On the Weather Channel a few minutes ago they interviewed some business guy and he talked about the gas prices jumping over 25 cents per gallon in the past week because 25% of the refineries are not turning out gas and they have the oil, but the refineries are not working. Expects gas to JUMP ANOTHER 25-30 cents per gallon by end of October!!! Once they get gas back up to $2.75 per gallon, it will not come back down once everything is running. The gas gods will have got what they wanted. Higher gas prices.
During my career I went to quite a few tanks that were on fire. The pucker factor was always quite high. My first experience with a BLEVE was while I was still on probation. My lieutenant and I were just about to enter a burning house when an explosion blew nearly all the windows and doors out. A barbecue tank in the basement had BLEVE’d and caused a pretty good amount of additional damage since it was in an enclosed space.
The last one I was on came in as a semi-truck on fire at a motel about 5 in the morning. It was still dark and we could see from a freeway overpass half a mile away that we had an impressive looking blaze. So I called for back-up. When we arrived the cab was fully involved, there were large flames coming out of the top of the tank, and the truck driver was going crazy running around the motel screaming that his giant tank full of propane was going to blow and flatten the whole large multi-story motel and the huge casino across the street... He had caused a serious panic so we had half dressed people running and screaming and tearing out of the parking lot. Looking back it was sort of a comical scene of pandemonium.
Fortunately, semi-truck fires are generally not very hard to put out and even though the impressive looking flames from the cab and the tires were impinging on it, and even though the pressure relief valve was releasing gas that had also caught on fire, the tank still had a low probability of causing a BLEVE. We put it out in a few minutes, the pressure relief valve then closed on its own and we had the units after us try to calm everyone before someone was run over or fell down some stairs. A lot of them were drunk to start with.
The truck and possibly the tank were both probably total losses, but no one got hurt during the panic. We managed to get back to the station within an hour or two with an amusing story to tell our coworkers arriving at shift change. A good day.
As a long time member of our HAZMAT team my largest concern at this point with this chemical plant is the release of large amounts of noxious chemicals into the water and air. Although the flood waters may have some benefit... One of our sayings on HAZMAT was “the solution to pollution is dilution.” In low enough concentrations most chemicals used even in industrial applications become mostly harmless. It looks like there is a lot of water running through there so whatever leaks out may be largely washed away with no long term problems able to be identified.
We knew since right after the flood that the chem plant was going to blow.
The DemonRATs blame Trump for the blast:
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