Exxon/TEEX partner on new emergency response course tailored to pipeline and storage tank incidents.

IMG_6794 Storage tank firefighting project at TEEX.
SPRING, Texas – ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) today announced the establishment of a new emergency response training course specifically designed to train firefighters on how to safely manage the challenges experienced during liquid pipeline and storage tank incidents. ExxonMobil has provided TEEX with a $200,000 grant that will fund the development of the program and the participation of 150 firefighters in the coming year. TEEX, a leader in administering emergency response training, will oversee the program and work with ExxonMobil emergency response experts to develop the pipeline and storage tank training curriculum and exercises. The course will be offered at TEEX’s Brayton Fire Training Field, one of the world’s top training facilities, located within the emergency preparedness campus in College Station, Texas. Three sessions will be offered for up to 50 participants at each session: Aug. 17-18, 2019; Oct. 19-20, 2019; and Jan. 11-12, 2020....
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Houston Ship Channel remains closed in the wake of ITC fire

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UPDATE - March 26 Unified Command continues clean-up operations at the Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC (ITC) facility, Tucker Bayou and Houston Ship Channel near Deer Park, Texas. Since March 19, 2019, more than 1,100 federal, state and local first responders, agencies, and environmental cleanup contractors have been on the scene and actively assessing, booming and continuing to remove product from affected areas. We continue to pump liquid out of tank 80-7 and have less than 6 inches (approximately 1,122 barrels or 47,127 gallons) remaining in the tank. The remaining liquid is mostly water. ITC operational personnel are currently transferring product from 80-14 and will continue transferring product from tank 80-10 to tank 80-18 until tanks 80-14 and 80-10 are empty. Tank 80-15 is empty. We are still pumping product from the ditch using vacuum trucks and hoses. That product is being transferred to tank 100-28. We are still foaming the tank...
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Self-contained fixed foam system smothers tank fires with precision

  Any diagram of the typical fixed fire protection system soon turns elaborate with pumps, proportioners and valves. By comparison, the Swiss Fire Protection Research & Development AG (SFPRD) Pi Foam Firefighting System for large volume flammable liquid storage tanks thrives on simplicity. The system is basic and effective, said Andras Peller, SFPRD’s director. He compared it to popping the top on an extremely agitated can of carbonated beverage. “Despite being less expensive than most traditional systems, Pi Foam offers a quality of performance that can exceed any standard,” he said. Essentially, the Pi (Pressurized Instant) Foam system consists of a single moving part – a remote controlled valve that caps a high pressure vessel. If the sensors on the tank detect flames, the valve pops open and ready-to-use foam is pushed through a pipe network traveling up the tank and around the rim. Within moments, a symmetrical coat of foam...
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Fuel tank failures spill 145,000 gallons during Harvey

More than two dozen storage tanks holding crude oil, gasoline and other contaminants ruptured or otherwise failed when Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, spilling at least 145,000 gallons (548,868 liters) of fuel and spewing toxic pollutants into the air, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution reports submitted to state and federal regulators.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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Texas Gulf Coast faces repeat of 2001 Tropical Storm Allison disaster

EDITORS NOTE: With Hurricane Harvey barrelling toward the Texas Gulf Coast, it might be time to remember a similar emergency in 2001 that raised havoc with the petroleum industry. The following article is taken from the book "Disasters Man-Made," written by David White and Anton Riecher.   TROPICAL STORM ALLISON set the stage for one of the seminal events in modern industrial fire fighting – the successful extinguishment of a burning jumbo storage tank with substantial product saved. Every firefighter who participated in this breakthrough can claim a piece of the history making story.   “The thing I will remember about this fire is the dedication shown by the firefighters, the teamwork and their ability to shift to a higher gear even when they were tired,” said J.R. Chidester, fire chief for the Orion Oil refinery complex in Norco, LA.   Dwight Williams, contracted by Orion to assist Chidester, specializes in...
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