A massive blast at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on Wednesday night injured and killed an untold number of people. According to the plant's own emergency planning report, however, such an explosion was more or less an impossibility.
The Dallas Morning News got its hands on the West Fertilizer Co.'s report, filed with the EPA and local public safety officials assessing the risk of fire or explosion at the plant, which had an estimated 54,000 pounds anhydrous ammonia on site. Given last night's terrible explosion, the company's own worst-case scenario was, in retrospect, astonishingly mild (emphasis mine):
The report, reviewed Wednesday night by The Dallas Morning News, stated 'no' under fire or explosive risks. The worst possible scenario, the report said, would be a 10-minute release of ammonia gas that would kill or injure no one. The second worst possibility projected was a leak from a broken hose used to transfer the product, again causing no injuries. The plan says the facility did not have any other dangerous chemicals on hand. It says that the plan was on file with the local fire department and that the company had implemented proper safety rules.
No I haven't, and I've seen plenty of pictures of Texas beauty, but I repeat, for a place of this size, the beauty is minimal.
Mostly because of the proximity to the lakes
I have always been fond of Amarillo, or anyplace in the deserts of western Texas. I love the desert. And the Big Bend National Park is absolutely beautiful, to me.
I would like to acknowledge and commend the strength and courage of the citizens of West, Texas during this life changing event.