Explorer Pipeline, a company based in Port Arthur, Texas, has announced a temporary shutdown in response to a flash fire that occurred at its facility. According to a statement released earlier this week, the incident took place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at approximately 3:45 p.m. The fire broke out while contractors were working on a project at the Port Arthur facility.
In the aftermath of the incident, six individuals were transported to local medical facilities for treatment. Fortunately, two of the six were released the same day after receiving medical attention. The remaining four individuals are expected to be released tomorrow.
The affected area of the pipeline has been secured, and safety precautions and protocols have been implemented to prevent any further risks. The statement emphasizes that there is no danger to the surrounding area as the incident has been contained.
According to a shippers’ bulletin obtained from a source, Explorer’s mainline systems were shut down on Thursday morning. The lateral systems will also be gradually shut down throughout today or early afternoon, depending on each system’s available inventory. The anticipated restart time for the mainline systems is 4 p.m. on Saturday, with the lateral systems following shortly after as inventory becomes available.
Reporting by Andrew Atwal; Editing by Michael Kelly