Three Texas Oil & Gas Industry Sites that Caught Fire had Long Violation Records
Three large refinery and petrochemical facilities in Texas, which recently experienced fires, had a history of environmental compliance problems, accumulating a combined total of 5,469 violations over a decade, according to state records. Although the violations may not have directly caused the fires, they highlight a pattern of companies neglecting investments in equipment and safety measures. The incidents included a deadly explosion and fire at Marathon Petroleum's Galveston Bay Refinery, where a lawsuit was filed by the family of a machinist who was burned alive. Similar incidents have been on the rise at industrial sites across the United States, with seven out of 13 refinery fires this year occurring in Texas. Concerns have been raised about the lenient fines and enforcement measures faced by companies from Texas environmental regulators, who have been accused of being "reluctant regulators" according to a 2022 report.