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Seven injured in Texas crude-oil terminal fire

15 August 2016

A flash fire on August 12 at a Sunoco Logistics oil terminal in Nederland, Texas has injured seven people, four critically, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The seven, all employees of Houston-based contractor L-Con Inc., were carrying out welding operations on an oil pipeline connection when the fire broke out. The casualties were airlifted to local hospitals.

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"There was welding, a crude oil line and fumes," said Jeff Shields, a Sunoco spokesman.

He said the fire, which erupted around 9 p.m. on the eastern edge of the terminal nearer to the Neches River, did not halt operations and there was no significant impact to business. The construction site was closed, he said, and Occupational, Safety and Health Administration federal accident investigators were on-site a day later.

Sunoco Logistics is the southern terminus of the Keystone pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma, which delivers several hundred thousands of barrels of crude oil from shale and other basins. The company operates a marine terminal on the site as well as 130 above-ground storage tanks with a storage capacity of 24 million barrels of crude oil, condensate, naphtha, base and extract oils.

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