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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 03:32 PM
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Fire at oil refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi
Edited on Thu Aug-16-07 03:36 PM by MaineDem
Source: WLOX

Fire has broken out at the Chevron refinery in Pascagoula. It happened about 2:15 this afternoon in a processing area of the plant.

Plant officials say this is a significant fire, but no injuries have been reported. Officials say there is no danger to the community, but an evacuation of the plant is a possibility.

They believe that hydrocarbon gasoline is what is burning right now, and emergency officials have responded to the scene. Smoke can be seen for several miles and, at one time, flames were reported shooting as high as nearby tree tops.

Read more: http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=6942453&nav=menu...
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youngdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 03:43 PM
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1. Guess the thirty cent drop in gas prices pissed off our criminal overlords
We need to mandate the construction of sufficient refining capacity in this country to insure supply and to reduce and stabilize prices. This constant false shortage is nothing less than pure market manipulation, stealing from 300,000,000 Americans, many of whom cannot afford it.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 03:53 PM
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2. That was basically what I thought when I heard this news
Gas prices were getting too low.
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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 04:57 PM
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10. Our mid-michigan price went up .20 this morning, well before the fire... n/t
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dickbearton Donating Member (577 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 05:51 PM
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11. Like Enron...
The corrupt oil companies are gaming the system at the expense
of the American people. They will never increase refining
capacity as long as they can increase pump prices. Fraud
plain and simple.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 03:57 PM
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3. Gas prices have already started to go up around the country!
:sarcasm:

(May not be sarcasm...)
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 04:10 PM
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4. Well, another refinery down, another excuse for the oil companies.
I heard on the radio this a.m. that the price of gas went up 17 cents over night. Because of Hurricane Dean (or whatever). Anyway, the hurricane hadn't even hit land yet and they were jacking the price of gas. It ought to really go up during the night tonight.
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phusion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 04:34 PM
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5. I seem to recall these...
refinery fires always coinciding with hurricane season. hmmm... :wtf:
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 04:37 PM
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6. Corporate cost-cutting...
...instead of an expensive in-house firefighting capability, you wait for a passing hurricane or tropical storm to douse the fire.

Good for bottom line.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 04:41 PM
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7. Just in the nick of time!
After all oil dropping more than two dollars a barrel like it did today is not a good thing. This should fix things right up.
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redirish28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 04:42 PM
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8. just in time for Labor day... Amazing....
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redirish28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 04:47 PM
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9. My wife just heard: Wait a minute isn't Chevron one of the oil companies that was going to be allow
"all access" to Iraq oil fields along with Halliburton, BP, Shell.... or is my wife confused?
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 06:15 PM
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12. Condi is from Chevron, You can bet they get a piece of the pie
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purduejake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-17-07 01:07 AM
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13. For such profitable companies...
They have a hell of a lot of safety and operational issues. Could you imagine if major factories such as Boeing, GM, Ford, etc. started burning down? As many munitions as we manufacture, I haven't heard of any major explosions at those factories... but these petrol refineries are constantly catching fire. I don't see how so many could possibly be an accident.
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