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The Toxic Risk When Hurricanes Hit The Texas Chemical Coast

Petroleum facilities along Houston Ship Channel damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2005. [U.S. Coast Guard Photo]
The next hurricane that hits the Texas coast will again put some of the nation's biggest refineries and chemical plants — and the communities near them — at risk. But it won’t be the first time. Looking back at some big storms and the havoc they caused is what StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling did to find out what can go wrong.
We had some sodium cyanide tanks floating in the channel. We also had barges with sulfuric acid that had run aground. And they were in close proximity to each other.”

—Captain Marcus Woodring, Deputy Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Houston-Galveston.

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Dave Fehling

Energy & Environment Reporter for StateImpact

Dave Fehling is KUHF's Energy and Environment Reporter. His reporting is a part of StateImpact, a collaboration with KUT in Austin and NPR...