Living in a big city definitely has it’s conveniences – but it also has it’s major drawbacks. I always tell my husband that I want to live in the middle of no where – where the kids can play and me not have to worry about their well being pollution/traffic/kidnapping wise. The traffic here in my neighborhood is not bad, but we have a couple of neighbors that rip through here like THEIR kids don’t play on the streets and in the front yard.
Something I DON’T have to worry about is industrial explosions or industrial accidents causing me to evacuate or worry about my kids breathing the air around us. The poor people that live in Texas City constantly have to be aware of what is around them. Most of us don’t have to worry about that………right?
Friday, December 4, 2009, I was sitting in the Natatorium in College Station for Senior Gulf Champs and the people living in and around the Valero Industrial Plant in Texas City had to worry about a blast that killed one man and seriously injured two others at last count. Prayers are definitely with the families, especially with the family of the deceased!!! This is a situation that is unavoidable no matter how hard these industrial facilities try to be safe, with humans involved – there are going to be industrial accidents. It’s just a fact of life.
Even though the site has been secured and Valero is telling Texas City residents that there was no cause for concern and the incident is still under “investigation.” How trusting are we that we believe them? Do we have a choice? What exactly was released into the air because of this industrial explosion??? The government groups the industrial accidents into four groups or “levels.” This was a level one industrial explosion – even though it was bad enough to kill someone, it was supposedly not to be of concern to anyone else….? WHAAAAT?
Valero is North America’s largest independent petroleum refiner and marketer……..can they be trusted?