March 27,2020 – The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a new animation video, that shows the disaster which took place at the BP Texas City facility, more than 15 years ago. During that accident, a massive fire and explosions took place at the refinery, also many tons of hydrocarbons got released causing an environmental disaster. There were 15 fatalities and 180 injuries.
The accident caused a public outcry, that led to an investigation by the CSB, as well as by a special panel led by James A Baker III, former Secretary of State. The Baker panel comprised of other members that included Retired Admiral Frank (“Skip”) Bowman, Glenn Erwin, Dennis Hendershot, Dr. Nancy Leveson, Sharon Priest, Isadore “Irv” Rosenthal, Paul Tebo, Dr. Douglas Wiegmann and L Duane Wilson.
The Baker panel completed the investigation and came out a report, referred to as the Baker Report, which can be viewed here.
The report ran into 374 pages.
The CSB had made an animation earlier too, but this is an updated version, with new information that came to light after the first one was made.
See the new CSB animation here.
Interim Executive Dr. Kristen Kulinowski said, “The lessons learned from the BP Texas City event reverberate fifteen years later. The CSB’s newest animation updates and refreshes the CSB’s most viewed accident animation. We hope that this new version allows more viewers to learn from the findings and recommendations issued by the board that remain relevant years later.”
The CSB investigation was independent of the Baker panel report. The BP America refinery explosion and fire was the most serious refinery accident ever investigated by the CSB. The CSB’s final report on the incident, released in 2007, found organizational and safety deficiencies at all levels of the BP Corporation.
CSB Investigation Result
The CSB’s investigation revealed a lack of corporate management understanding and commitment to safety. As a result of our investigation, there is a new standard of care for corporate boards of directors and CEO’s throughout the world, which calls for the same level of scrutiny for process safety management as financial management. Boards of directors of oil and chemical companies should examine every detail of their process safety programs to prevent future death and destruction. The CSB continues to provide reports, safety videos and educational tools for industry to use in driving process safety incidents to zero.