How Oil Spill Could Hurt Houston, Texas, and Beyond

How Oil Spill Could Hurt Houston, Texas, and Beyond

By Emily ParnesPublished October 08, 2018 07:45:59This past weekend, an enormous oil spill that caused millions of dollars in damage to the Houston metropolitan area was discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major refinery, in the western part of the state.

The spill was caused by the release of a well casing containing benzene, a carcinogen. 

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the oil spilled near the city of Houston. 

In a news release, the agency said the spill occurred after the company that owns the refinery, Enron, began using chemicals that can release benzene. 

“The spill happened about 3:30 p.m.

Saturday near the site, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries,” said the statement.

“Enron has not been able to determine how much benzene was released.” 

According the agency, Enrons operations are located on two of the three oil tankers that transport oil from the oil field to the refinery. 

The company has been fined for the incident and has agreed to pay $250,000 to the state for the spill cleanup. 

As part of its investigation, the Texas Oil and Gas Commission is conducting a criminal investigation into the spill. 

After the spill was discovered, Enzos refinery in Crosby, Texas and two oil refineries in St. Clair, Louisiana were closed. 

At least 50,000 barrels of oil from Enron’s refinery spilled into the Gulf last weekend, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

More than 1,100 people have been reported missing since the spill began. 

Some oil spills are caused by accidental release of pollutants, but this incident is unique in that it was a spill of oil. 

Scientists are still trying to understand the exact cause of the spill, and the extent of the damage it caused to the environment. 

Oil and gas companies are required by the federal government to keep hazardous materials in tanks that are not accessible to the public. 

Enron and Enron had also used hazardous waste tanks, which are typically used in chemical and chemical manufacturing.

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