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Fertilizer Plant Fire and Explosion in the town of West, Texas Kills 15 and Injures Hundreds

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Explosion at Oiltanking Partners, L.P. Facility in Channelview, Texas Kills One and Injures Another

A malfunctioning welding machine at the Oiltanking Partners, L.P. Facility on Jacintoport Boulevard at Sheldon Road in Channelview, Texas caused an explosion that killed one worker and injured another. The accident is believed to have occurred around 8:00 a.m. this morning at an industrial plant facility operated by Oiltanking Partners, L.P. The June 2, 2012 explosion set off alarms and firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.  Because it involved the death of a worker, the blast will be investigated by OSHA, which will make a detailed report on the cause of the blast, noting the cause and any safety violations. Oiltanking Partners, L.P. will also likely perform its own root cause analysis investigation of the fatal explosion.

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Weimar Tornado causes widespread windstorm damage in Colorado County

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Independence Day Reminds Us That We Need To Protect Our Freedoms

As we celebrate our July 4th Independence Day Holiday, let’s remember some of the reasons we declared our independence and the hard fought freedoms we ultimately won in our protracted struggle to form a new nation. Among these are freedom of religion, free speech, freedom of the press, the right to freely assemble and petition the Government, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, free and open courts, and the right which Thomas Jefferson considered to be most important, the right to jury trials.

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Preparing for the 2012 Hurricane Season: Tips for Texas Homeowners

The 2012 Hurricane season officially begins today. Forecasters are predicting 11 Named Storms, 6 Hurricanes and 2 Major Hurricanes for 2012. As the season begins, Texans along the Gulf Coast must prepare for the possibility of this year’s storms. But whether you live in the hurricane zone or not, you should take time to review your homeowners insurance policy now to make sure you have the coverage you need in the event of a disaster. Even if you don’t face the threat of a hurricane, a wildfire, tornado, or hail storm could severely damage your property.

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