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Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:13 am
by wardialer
Does anyone what caused the ALON refinery explosion?

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:20 am
by jetjack74


Quoting Wardialer (Thread starter):
Does anyone what caused the ALON refinery explosion?

Greenpeace? lol scratchchin 

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:54 am
by kc135topboom


Quoting Wardialer (Thread starter):
Does anyone what caused the ALON refinery explosion?

Some fumes getting to close to a spark?  duck   duck   duck 

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:47 am
by CaptOveur


Quoting Wardialer (Thread starter):
Does anyone what caused the ALON refinery explosion?

Petroleum derivatives?

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:33 am
by airfoilsguy
Low gas prices



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RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:34 am
by NWA742
George Bush?




-NWA742

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:17 am
by kc135topboom


Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 4):
Low gas prices



Quoting NWA742 (Reply 5):
George Bush?

Hugo Charvez

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:08 pm
by nighthawk


Quoting Wardialer (Thread starter):
Does anyone what caused the ALON refinery explosion?

Global warming

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:20 pm
by gkirk
I'm gonna guess at alien invaders?

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:49 pm
by sprout5199
Low spark of high heeled boys?





Dan in Jupiter

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:15 pm
by BR715-A1-30


Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
Some fumes getting to close to a spark?

That explanation makes the most sense too. Most refinery explosions are the result of carelessness, in which a very small leak can lead to big consequences. BP Texas City and their damn Blowdown Stacks.

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:14 pm
by ronglimeng


Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 10):
BP Texas City and their damn Blowdown Stacks

Quite a coincidence for me. Just before lunch I was reading the BP and CSB reports of that accident. I was hard to believe that blowdown stacks were still allowed at the time of that tragedy. I assume (!) everything that is vented goes to flare now?

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:25 pm
by Tom in NO
The refinery is just off I-20 on the east side of Big Spring. We passed by it on our never-ending west coast road trip last summer, and I happened to shoot a picture as we drove by.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l264/tmoore065/DSC03019.jpg?t=1203445236

The relationship of the refinery to I-20 can be seen in the aerial photo from the Big Spring, TX newspaper:
http://www.bigspringherald.com/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1



Tom at MSY

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:19 pm
by Tom in NO
Doesn't look like anyone around here's too concerned any more, but just in case.....from today's Big Spring Herald:
http://www.bigspringherald.com/content/view/110193/60

"An Alon employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Monday the cause of the explosion was a propylene tank leak that could not be stopped, causing a mist-like vapor to gather in the refinery. According to the witness, the vapor got into a cracker heater and an alkaline unit, causing both to explode simultaneously."

Tom at MSY

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:33 pm
by ronglimeng


Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 13):
Doesn't look like anyone around here's too concerned any more, but just in case.....

I'm interested. Thanks for posting. Sorry for the people who were injured, particularly the passing motorist on the Interstate.

RE: Cause Of Texas Refinery Explosion?

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:28 pm
by galapagapop


Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 9):
Low spark of high heeled boys?

Well we were all children once playing with toys.......  Wink