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Jindal updated on Geismer Plant Explosion
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geismarGovernor Bobby Jindal will hold a Unified Command Group meeting today to get an update on the plant explosion in Geismar.

 

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Following the meeting, he will travel to the plant site to get a briefing from local officials and first responders.  Following that, according to his communications department, he will speak with the media.  Based upon media reports, the plant is owned by The Williams Companies Inc., and ground ambulances" took more than 30 to the hospital, but details are uncertain about injuries or deaths. 

Here are updates on the Geismar Explosion: 

Company Press Release

This morning, at approximately 8:37 a.m. CDT, an explosion occurred within the Williams Geismar olefins plant. At the onset of the incident, Louisiana State Police, Ascension OEP and Iberville OEP were notified. Both Ascension and Iberville OEPs activated their emergency alert systems.

We are currently focused on the safety and well-being of our employees, contractors and the local community who are responding to the situation. Emergency shut-down valves have been closed. The unit is isolated.

Our emergency-response crews are thoroughly trained to respond to these types of incidents and are diligently performing their work with their first priority being the safety and well-being of people in and around the area.

First responders are on the scene and local routes to the plant have been closed by the local authorities.

We are in the process of accounting for all personnel. Injuries have been reported, the number and extent of those injuries is not known at this point.

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 An explosion touched off a fire at a petrochemical plant about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge, resulting in dozens of injuries, officials said.

Early tests did not indicate dangerous levels of any chemicals around the plant in Geismar, about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, but area residents were told to remain indoors with doors and windows closed, said Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality.

She said helicopters took three or four people Thursday from the plant owned by The Williams Companies Inc., and ground ambulances took 30. Kelly did not have other details about injuries.

The company said in a news release on its website that the flow of chemicals to the fire had been cut off.

Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain said the explosion occurred around 8:30 a.m. The plant makes highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57589137/explosion-fire-reported-at-louisiana-chemical-plant/

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State police are asked residents in St. Gabriel area to shelter in place from Highway 3115 to Highway 74 as a precaution. 

The company's website says the plant puts out about 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene a year.

 

Plant officials released this statement Thursday morning:

 

"This morning, at approximately 8:37 a.m. Central Standard Time, an explosion occurred within the Williams Geismar olefins plant. At the onset of the incident, Louisiana State Police, Ascension OEP and Iberville OEP were notified. Both Ascension and Iberville OEPs activated their emergency alert systems.

 

We are currently focused on the safety and well-being of our employees, contractors and the local community who are responding to the situation. Emergency shut-down valves have been closed. The unit is isolated.

 

The fire is greatly diminished at this time. Our emergency-response crews are thoroughly trained to respond to these types of incidents and are diligently performing their work with their first priority being the safety and well-being of people in and around the area.

http://www.bayoubuzz.com/louisiana-news/new-orleans-news/item/487319-official-at-least-30-taken-to-hospitals-after-explosion

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State police are asked residents in St. Gabriel area to shelter in place from Highway 3115 to Highway 74 as a precaution.

 

The company's website says the plant puts out about 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene a year.

 

Plant officials released this statement Thursday morning:

 

"This morning, at approximately 8:37 a.m. Central Standard Time, an explosion occurred within the Williams Geismar olefins plant. At the onset of the incident, Louisiana State Police, Ascension OEP and Iberville OEP were notified. Both Ascension and Iberville OEPs activated their emergency alert systems.

 

We are currently focused on the safety and well-being of our employees, contractors and the local community who are responding to the situation. Emergency shut-down valves have been closed. The unit is isolated.

http://www.bayoubuzz.com/louisiana-news/new-orleans-news/item/487319-official-at-least-30-taken-to-hospitals-after-explosion

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Breaking: Major Explosion at Louisiana Chemical Plant 

 

News outlets are reporting a "major blast" and "hydrocarbon fire" at a chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana with reports of injuries and possible fatalities.

 

(Photo via WAFB Baton Rouge) The William Olefins plant produces approximately 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene, according to the Williams website. These chemicals are the basic building blocks in the petrochemical process used to make plastics.

 

The blast was reported at approximately 8:30am local time.

 

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:41

 

At least 30 injured in La. plant explosion

 

, and ground ambulances took 30. Kelly did not have other details about injuries.

 

Seven victims were taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center and more were expected, the hospital said in a news release on its website.

 

Workers scrambled over gates and ran from the plant when they heard the explosion, which shook the ground and was followed by a "ball of fire," Daniel Cuthbertson, a fuel truck operator with CBI construction based in Taft, Calif., said later at a police roadblock.

 

The company said in a news release on its website that the flow of chemicals to the fire had been cut off by 10 a.m.

 

Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain said the explosion occurred around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the plant. It makes ethylene and propylene — highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

 

A thick plume of black smoke rose from the plant. At a roadblock several miles away, where family members waited anxiously to hear about loved ones, flames were easily visible above the trees.

 

Kelly said an ethylene fire at ground level reportedly was waning several hours after the explosion.

 

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:41

 

Blast, fire injure 33 at Louisiana chemical plant

 

There were no immediate reports of fatalities.

 

"We did an aerial assessment, and our hazmat (hazardous materials) teams were able to get a broad view of the site. Now they're putting on their bunker gear and going in on foot to the hot zone to do an assessment and determine a plan of action," Louisiana State Police Captain Doug Cain said.

 

The blast injured 33 people, said Jean Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Thirty were taken from the plant by ambulance and three by helicopter, Kelly said.

 

"Emergency shut-down valves have been closed. The unit is isolated," parent group Williams Cos. said in a statement. "We are in the process of accounting for all personnel."

 

Authorities ordered people within a 2-mile (3-km) radius to remain in their homes, in part because of the smoke, said Lester Kenyon, a spokesman for Ascension Parish. Roads leading to the plant were closed, the company said.

 

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:02

 

Video: Video of Louisiana plant explosion aftermath

 

June 13, 2013 8:29 AM

 

?Cell phone video obtained by CBS News and shot by Ryan Meador captured the aftermath of a Geismar, La., chemical plant explosion. Emergency responders say seven injuries were reported.

 

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:54

 

Multiple injuries in explosion, fire at Louisiana chemical plant, official says

 

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(CNN) -- A Geismar, Louisiana, chemical plant exploded and caught fire Thursday, causing multiple injuries and forcing authorities to evacuate the area around the facility, officials told CNN.

 

Authorities ordered residents within a two-mile radius of the plant to stay inside while crews battled the fire, Ascension Parish spokesman Lester Kenyon said.

 

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:53

 

Official: At least 30 taken to hospitals after explosion

 

GEISMAR, La. (AP) - State police say a reported explosion has touched off a fire, injuring at least 30 people at a petrochemical plant about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.

 

Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain says he doesn't know how many people were hurt, but saw ambulances taking people from The Williams Companies Inc. olefins plant in the Ascension Parish town of Geismar.

 

 

 

The fire broke out Thursday morning at the plant, which makes highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

 

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:41

 

Report: 33 injured in plant explosion

 

GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) -

 

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reports that 33 people were injured in a Thursday morning plant explosion in Geismar, La. There are no confirmed fatalities. 

 

Residents in St. Gabriel from Highway 3115 to Highway 74 should shelter in place as a precaution. Close doors and windows and stay inside.

 

Officials at the plant say the explosion happened at 8:37 a.m. As of 10:50 a.m., officials believe the fire is contained and the situation is stable.

 

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:41

 

Blast, fire hit Williams chemical plant in Louisiana

 


(Reuters) - A large explosion and fire hit the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, on Thursday, authorities said, causing at least some injuries.

 

A local fire department said it was treating a number of people injured in the blast, which occurred around 8:30 a.m. at a plant along the Mississippi River just south of Baton Rouge and about 60 miles up the river from New Orleans.

 

Images on the Times-Picayune news website showed a large ball of flame and a thick column of smoke coming from the plant.

 

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:41

 

BREAKING NEWS: Injuries reported in Louisiana chemical plant blast

 

At least 30 people were hospitalized after an explosion Thursday morning at a chemical plant southeast of Baton Rouge, La., an official told the Associated Press.

 

The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear, but a few people were seen being taken by ambulances from the Williams Companies Inc. plant, according to Fox8Live.com. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.

 

The explosion started a fire at the plant, according to the Louisiana State Police. The plant makes ethylene and propylene - highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

 

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