Media Release 05-24-2019

Public Information Officer Update

05-24-2019

For Immediate Release

Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) has begun evaluating and paying claims related to the March 17, 2019 fire at ITC terminals in Deer Park, Texas. First and foremost, as we continue the deconstruction and remediation process in the impacted tank farm, the safety of our community, our employees and work crews is ITC’s top priority. We continue to coordinate with local, state and federal officials and first responders, and thank them for their continued support.

As to the claims process, individuals who lived or worked in Deer Park during the incident can file a claim for out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the incident or hourly workers’ lost wages for missed work because of shelter-in-place orders. Individuals with health claims may receive up to $750 and will need to provide medical records of diagnostic evaluation, or treatment specific to the ITC incident, sought and received between March 17 and 24, 2019. Hourly workers who missed work due to shelter-in-place orders in Deer Park on March 17 and March 21, 2019 may receive up to $500, and would need to provide a signed letter from their employer, and their most recent pay stub or earnings statement, to show they were unable to work. Individuals will also need to provide a sworn statement that they were present in Deer Park during the incident.

For additional details on the claims process, forms and required documentation, please visit www.itcclaims.com, thank you.

Operational Update 05-24-2019

Operational Update

As of 5/24/2019

Water Response

  • Tucker Bayou still has several segments of sorbent boom in place as well has some hard boom further up the bayou as a precaution. The remaining boom at Jacintoport is being removed today.
  • Santa Anna Bayou, Patrick Bayou and Enterprise docks have been cleared and released.

Terminal Operational Status

  • ITC continues to make progress to restore terminal operations.
  • All ITC’s docks have been released by the state and federal agencies for use.
  • Rail, truck and pipeline activity has resumed.

Tank Farm Status

  • Deconstruction of tank 80-14 is expected to be completed today.
  • Deconstruction work will continue through multiple weeks with tank 80-13 being next.

As a reminder, although many safety precautions are being taken in advance, the possibility exists for small, short duration flash fires and increased emissions in the impacted tank farm during this work.  A fully dedicated firefighting team will be at the work area for the duration of the work.  In addition, we continue to deploy numerous mobile air monitoring equipment and personnel to closely monitor and react to any safety concerns that may arise inside or outside of the impacted tank farm.  Air monitoring in the downwind community has not stopped since it was implemented on March 17, 2019.

An additional notification will be issued via e-notify to the surrounding industrial neighbors approximately 2 hours before deconstruction work begins on a new tank.

Operational Update 05-17-2019

Operational Update

As of 5/17/2019

Transportation status

  • Independence Parkway remains open to all traffic.
  • Tidal Road along the tank farm remains open to essential personnel / equipment only.

Water Response

  • All remaining boom on the channel is deployed as part of a monitor and maintain phase. These segments are mostly sorbent boom and are in place to ensure any sheen that may occur after heavy rain events or changing tides is captured. The areas are as follows: Tucker Bayou, Jacintoport, and Enterprise dock (decon station).

Terminal Operational Status

  • ITC continues to make progress to restore terminal operations.
  • All ITC’s docks have been released by the state and federal agencies for use.
  • Rail, truck and pipeline activity has resumed.

Tank Farm Status

  • Deconstruction of tank 80-15 is complete.
  • Deconstruction will continue through multiple weeks with tank 80-14 being next.

As a reminder, although many safety precautions are being taken in advance, the possibility exists for small, short duration flash fires and increased emissions in the impacted tank farm during this work.  A fully dedicated firefighting team will be at the work area for the duration of the work.  In addition, we continue to deploy numerous mobile air monitoring equipment and personnel to closely monitor and react to any safety concerns that may arise inside or outside of the impacted tank farm.  Air monitoring in the downwind community has not stopped since it was implemented on March 17, 2019.

An additional notification will be issued via e-notify to the surrounding industrial neighbors approximately 2 hours before deconstruction work begins on a new tank.

Media Release 05-14-2019

Public Information Officer Update

05-14-2019

For Immediate Release

At approximately 11:45 AM during the deconstruction of tank 80-15, a small flash fire developed.  There was visible smoke in the impacted tank farm; however, the pre-staged firefighting crews extinguished the fire very quickly. There were no injuries or off-site impact as a result of the incident.  Air monitoring during the incident did not identify any elevated benzene levels during the time of the fire.

For the latest updates and air quality monitoring information please go to www.itcresponse.com

Operational Update 2019-05-10

Operational Update

As of 5/10/2019

Transportation status

  • Independence Parkway remains open to all traffic.
  • Tidal Road along the tank farm is open to essential personnel / equipment only.

Terminal Operational Status

  • ITC continues to make progress to restore terminal operations.
  • All tanks in the impacted tank farm have been cleaned to the extent feasible. Clean-up efforts on the waterways are finishing and crews have demobilized.
  • The wastewater plant discharge has been re-established.
  • All ITC docks have been released for use.
  • Rail and truck activity has resumed.

In the next 24-36 hours, ITC expects to begin deconstruction of tank 80-15, which was damaged during the fire that occurred at ITC Deer Park on March 17th.

Although many safety precautions are being taken in advance, the possibility exists for small, short duration flash fires and increased emissions in the impacted tank farm during this work.  A fully dedicated firefighting team will be at the work area for the duration of the work.  In addition, we continue to deploy numerous mobile air monitoring equipment and personnel to closely monitor and react to any safety concerns that may arise inside or outside of the impacted tank farm.  Air monitoring in the downwind community has not stopped since it was implemented on March 17, 2019.

An additional notification will be issued via e-notify to the surrounding industrial neighbors approximately 2 hours before the work begins.

Operational Update 2019-05-02

Operational Update

As of 5/2/2019

Transportation status

  • Independence Parkway was opened to all traffic on Friday evening, April 26.
  • The PTRA resumed normal service April 29.

Terminal Operational Status

  • ITC Continues to make progress to restore terminal operations.
  • All tanks in the impacted tank farm have been cleaned to the extent feasible. Clean-up efforts on the waterways are finishing and crews are demobilizing.
  • The wastewater plant discharge has been re-established.
  • The Shoreline Assessment was completed for ITC’s docks, with the exception of docks 4, 5, and 8.
  • Once marine activity is safely and successfully re-established, we will begin resuming rail traffic followed by truck activity.

Operational Update 2019-04-30

Operational Update

As of 4/30/2019

Transportation status

  • Independence Parkway was opened to all traffic on Friday evening, April 26.
  • The PTRA resumed normal service yesterday, April 29.

Tank Farm Status

  • 15 tanks secure
  • Degassing continues on tank 80-10 as a precaution to ensure capture of any potential vapors remaining in the tanks.
  • Tanks 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-4, 80-5, 80-6, 80-7, 80-8, 80-9, 80-10, 80-11, 80-12, 80-13, 80-14, and 80-15 have been cleaned to the extent possible at this time.

Water Response

  • Approximately 2175 ft. of hard boom remains deployed in sensitive areas and active areas of the response (see Water Response Progress map dated 2019-04-27).
  • 223,882 barrels (more than 9.4 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 278,756 barrels (more than 11.7 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 6 skimmers
  • 5 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • All waterways are open to normal operations (per the latest update MSIB 34-19; 4/22/2019)
  • Docks and Piers between Houston Ship Channel Light 133 and Houston Ship Channel Light 139 are open to 24-hour traffic unless notified by VTS-Houston.
  • For the latest Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB), including Houston Ship Channel (HSC) vessel traffic updates pertaining to the impacted segments of the waterway in response to the cleanup operations please go to: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston under the “Safety Notifications” heading.

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 10 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 52 birds
  • 84 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 16 turtles
  • 29 birds
  • 2 snakes

Operational Update 2019-04-25

Operational Update

As of 4/25/2019

Tank Farm Status

  • 15 tanks secure
  • Degassing continues on tanks 80-10 and 80-14 as a precaution to ensure capture of any potential vapors remaining in the tanks.
  • Tanks 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-4, 80-5, 80-6, 80-7, 80-8, 80-9, 80-11, 80-12, 80-13, 80-14, and 80-15 have been cleaned to the extent possible at this time.
  • Cleaning is in progress on tank 80-10.

 Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Patrick Bayou
  • Approximately 10,000 ft. of boom remains deployed in sensitive areas and active areas of the response
  • 144,396 barrels (more than 6 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 265,390 barrels (more than 11.1 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 6 skimmers
  • 10 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • All waterways are open to normal operations (per the latest update MSIB 34-19; 4/22/2019)
  • Docks and Piers between Houston Ship Channel Light 133 and Houston Ship Channel Light 139 are open to 24-hour traffic unless notified by VTS-Houston.
  • For the latest Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB), including Houston Ship Channel (HSC) vessel traffic updates pertaining to the impacted segments of the waterway in response to the cleanup operations please go to: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston under the “Safety Notifications” heading.

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 9 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 43 birds
  • 67 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 4 turtles
  • 28 birds
  • 1 snake

Operational Update 2019-04-22

Operational Update

As of 4/22/2019

Tank Farm Status

  • 15 tanks secure
  • Degassing continues on tanks 80-10 and 80-14 as a precaution to ensure capture of any potential vapors remaining in the tanks.
  • Tanks 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-4, 80-5, 80-6, 80-7, 80-9, 80-11, 80-12, 80-13, and 80-15 have been cleaned to the extent possible at this time.
  • Cleaning is in progress on tanks 80-8, 80-10 and 80-14

Water Response

  • Eastern-leading edge: near Peggy Lake
  • Western-leading edge: Patrick Bayou
  • Approximately 10,000 ft. of boom remains deployed in sensitive areas and active areas of the response
  • 144,244 barrels (more than 6 million gallons) oily water recovered from water
  • 240,767 barrels (more than 10.1 million gallons) oily water recovered from tank farm
  • 70 skimmers
  • 51 vacuum trucks

Houston Ship Channel

  • All waterways are open to normal operations except as specified in MSIB 33-19.
  • For the latest Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB), including Houston Ship Channel (HSC) vessel traffic updates pertaining to the impacted segments of the waterway in response to the cleanup operations please go to: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston under the “Safety Notifications” heading.

Wildlife

(confirmed deceased)

  • 9 red-eared slider turtles
  • 6 opossum
  • 35 birds

59 fish

(Released in Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)

  • 2 turtles
  • 12 birds