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Damage awards climb towards $30 million for survivors of Williams Olefins plant explosion 18 November 2016

A Louisiana jury has awarded a combined $16.1 million in damages to four workers injured in the explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical facility at Geismar, LA, on June 13, 2013. The massive explosion killed two employees and injured another 167, many seriously. The explosion started a large fire and people two miles away were ordered to shelter in place....

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CSB says poor safety culture led to fatal explosion in 2013 at Louisiana petrochemical plant 25 October 2016

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report into the 2013 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which killed two employees. The report concludes that process safety management program deficiencies at the Williams Geismar facility during the 12 years leading to the incident allowed a type of heat exchanger called a "reboiler" to be unprotected from overpressure, and ultimately rupture....

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PHMSA proposes fines for safety violations following fatal 2015 Transco compressor station explosion 08 August 2016

The US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed $1.6 million in civil penalties against Transco for violations of the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This follows an incident near Bayou Black, Louisiana, on October 8, 2015, which resulted in the deaths of four workers due to a series of explosions and a fire....

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Explosion at natural gas plant in Louisiana kills three workers 09 October 2015

An explosion on October 8 at a natural gas plant in Gibson, LA, killed three workers and injured two others critically. Authorities advised nearby residents to remain inside their homes for several hours. The casualties were contract employees carrying out maintenance at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility, which was not operational at the time....

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Williams Olefins pays fine of $200,000 for Louisiana plant explosion and other incidents 11 December 2014

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has fined Williams Olefins $194,306 for 32 penalty events from 2008 to the present, including the June 2013 blast which killed two and injured more than 100 at the company’s plant at Geismar near Baton Rouge. The explosion occurred when a heat exchanger ruptured. ...

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Williams Wyoming natgas plant explosion is company’s fourth incident in last year 28 April 2014

Williams Partners LP said on April 28 it plans to return to service the four undamaged units at its natural gas processing plant in Opal, Wyoming, which closed last week after an explosion and fire damaged one of the facility's five units. The company said in a statement it was working with regulators and developing "preliminary plans" to bring the units back in a timely manner....

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Williams Olefins contests OSHA rulings stemming from Geismar plant blast 23 January 2014

Williams Olefins is contesting six workplace safety violations and $99,000 in civil penalties federal regulators proposed last month for a fatal explosion June 13 at the company's Ascension Parish plant....

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Louisiana chemical plant blast kills one, injures 73 14 June 2013

An explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, killed one person and injured 73 more, according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. The explosion shook homes more than three miles away and the subsequent fire saw flames up to 200 feet high, according to local sources. ...

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Compressor station explosion shuts down 10 Pennsylvania shale gas wells 02 April 2012

An explosion that ripped the roof off a Williams Energy gas compressor station linked to at least 10 Marcellus Shale wells in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, was probably caused by a leaking gas pipeline inside the station, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)....