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The U.S. averages one petro­chemical incident every 4 days

Chemical spills, fires, and explosions are occurring in the United States nearly every day and many of those involve fossil fuels like petrochemicals.1 In 2023 alone, there were 96 petrochemical-related incidents, many causing harm to our communities. Countless more go unreported. That’s why every week, we’re tracking these incidents, which often release carcinogenic petrochemicals like vinyl chloride, ammonia, benzene, and butadiene into the air, ground, and water. Together, we can hold petrochemical companies accountable for their actions.

Spill Tracker

Substance
Nitric Acid
Location
Ogden
,
NY
Source
Rochester Midland Corporation

A hazmat situation Monday sent employees home early from Rochester Midland Corporation on Paragon Drive. Officials said a 275-gallon tank of nitric...Learn More

Substance
Condensate
Location
Bismark
,
ND
Source
Unknown

According to a press release from the Williston Fire Department (WFD), at approximately 6:24 p.m., staffers with the WFD, the McKenzie County...Learn More

Substance
Firefighting Foam
Location
Sissonville
,
WV
Source
Unknown

A spill of firefighting foam has been detected in three southern West Virginia waterways, and potential downstream intakes have been notified, regulators...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Bethpage
,
NY
Source
Grumman Aerospace

Contractors with Grumman's corporate successor, Northrop Grumman, discovered six 55-gallon drums roughly seven feet underground as they drilled a well Thursday to...Learn More

Substance
Unkown
Location
Borger
,
TX
Source
Phillps 66

Two employees of Phillips 66 were injured in a fire at one of the oil company’s refineries in the Texas Panhandle on...Learn More

Substance
Creosote, benzene
Location
Houston
,
TX
Source
Union Pacific Railroad

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified potentially dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in several new vapor samples taken near a Union Pacific...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Deer Park
,
TX
Source
Shell

A Shell spokesperson said the flare, which first appeared Friday, will continue into the week as the energy company recovers from a power outage....Learn More

Substance
Liquid Nitrogen and Ammonia
Location
Red Oak
,
IA
Source
NEW Cooperative

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is investigating a liquid fertilizer spill into the East Nishnabotna River out the outskirts of...Learn More

Substance
Aqueous film-forming foam
Location
Batavia
,
IL
Source
Flint Group

Officials are warning Batavia residents to stay away from Mahoney Creek after a foam spill was discovered earlier this week. The foam...Learn More

Substance
Methylene chloride
Location
Kalamazoo
,
MI
Source
Pfizer

A no-contact advisory along a stretch of the Kalamazoo River was issued Wednesday afternoon after Pfizer notified the city of Kalamazoo of...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Bristol Township
,
PA
Source
Dow

An elementary school in Bristol Township was evacuated Wednesday morning after an intermittent chemical odor was detected in the Croydon section of...Learn More

Substance
Plastic Pellets
Location
Lower Saucon Township
,
PA
Source
Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern freight train derailment in eastern Pennsylvania...Learn More

Substance
Creosote
Location
Lansing
,
MI
Source
Canadian National Railway

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, or EGLE, said they are monitoring a small chemical spill that occurred earlier...Learn More

Substance
Sodium Hydroxide
Location
Benton
,
AR
Source
Goodyear Tire

The Saline County Office of Emergency Management responded to a chemical spill Sunday morning. According to OEM officials, the chemical spill was...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Allentown
,
PA
Source
Sharp Packing Solutions

Fifty-four people were sent to the hospital after a hazmat situation was reported at the Sharp Packing Solutions building on the 7400...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Beaumont
,
TX
Source
ExxonMobil

Reports operations require flaring at Beaumont Complex site, Texas source: community alert the Beaumont Complex houses a 619,024 barrel-per-day oil refinery....Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Albion
,
WI
Source
Vico Plastics

The cause of the fire is unknown. Officials reported the building and what it holds inside cost about $1.5 million. Vico Plastics...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Billings
,
MT
Source
Phillips 66

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 9, an event occurred at the Phillips 66 Billings Refinery resulting in visible smoke. Emergency...Learn More

Substance
Plastic Beads
Location
Valley Falls
,
NY
Source
Norfolk Southern

One car was said to be carrying small plastic beads, and they spilled into the river. One car is said have leaked...Learn More

Substance
Foam
Location
Houston
,
TX
Source
United Airlines

Large amounts of fire suppression foam seeped onto nearby parking lots, around fences, posts, over cars, and eventually on a portion of...Learn More

Substance
Glycol
Location
Staten Island
,
NY
Source
Port Richmond High School

The incident was reported at 8:15 a.m. in the school at 85 St. Josephs Ave. between Innis Street and Charles Avenue, according...Learn More

Substance
Ethylene
Location
Sulphur
,
LA
Source
Westlake Chemical

Heavy flaring seen across Southwest Louisiana just after midday was from Westlake Petrochem near La. 108 and Beglis Parkway. Spokesman Joe Andrepont...Learn More

Substance
Hydraulic Fluid
Location
Berwyn
,
IL
Source
Physicians Immediate Care

Berwyn fire officials say three individuals arrived at the Physicians Immediate Care on Oak Park Avenue and Cermak Road covered in some...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Freeport
,
TX
Source
Shintech

Plant manager Nathan Ferrington said that there was an electrical fire on the upper floors of the facility. Ferrington said that emergency...Learn More

Substance
Dioxane
Location
Pittsboro
,
NC
Source
South Burlington Wastewater Treatment Plant

Burlington measured 1,4-dioxane levels of 545 parts per billion in a sample it took Tuesday morning from its South Burlington Wastewater Treatment...Learn More

Substance
Anhydrous Ammonia
Location
Laramie
,
WY
Source
Unknown

A hazardous chemical spill shut down Interstate 80 for several hours. Yesterday morning, a single-axle tanker truck carrying liquid anhydrous ammonia crashed...Learn More

Substance
Nitric acid
Location
Hamilton
,
OH
Source
Eagle Chemicals

Hamilton fire crews responded…to Eagle Chemicals for a spill of 2,000 gallons of nitric acid. Fire Chief Thomas Eickelberger said no one...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Houston
,
TX
Source
TPC Group

An operational issue tied to cold weather at the TPC petrochemical plant in Houston caused a brief flaring Wednesday morning. The flaring...Learn More

Substance
Hydrochloric Acid
Location
Medina
,
OH
Source
Bleachtech

Multiple crews from different agencies all over Medina County responded to a chemical spill Monday afternoon at a plant in Seville. According...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Ashboro
,
NC
Source
Energizer

According to a press release from AFRD, Energizer personnel spoke with fire crews at the scene and notified them they had a...Learn More

Substance
Unkown
Location
Victoria
,
TX
Source
Shamrock Products

Victoria County emergency officials first learned of the spill on Jan. 4 after they investigated following an anonymous phone call to authorities....Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Richmond
,
CA
Source
Chevron

The Air District received 6 air quality complaints related to flaring at #Chevron Refinery on 12/31. The Air District’s investigation of this...Learn More

Substance
Low-grade oxidizer
Location
Bridgeport
,
CT
Source
Tradebe Environmental

A fire and explosion at a hazardous waste plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut, forced people to evacuate their homes. Neighbors heard the explosion...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Houston
,
TX
Source
TPC Group

A power outage at the TPC Group manufacturing plant in southeast Houston on Saturday caused flaring and smoke at the facility, according...Learn More

Substance
Unkown
Location
Martinez
,
CA
Source
Martinez Refining Company

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued four notices of violation to the Martinez Refining Company over a flaring event...Learn More

Substance
Methyl Ethyl Ketone
Location
Rutherford
,
NC
Source
Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics

Rutherford County Emergency Management says the county’s 911 center received a call just after 1 p.m. on Dec. 15 regarding a fire...Learn More

Substance
Hydrogen sulfide and ammonia (Sour water)
Location
Galveston Bay
,
TX
Source
Marathon

Firefighters on Wednesday were battling a fire at Marathon Petroleum's (MPC.N) 593,000 barrel-per-day Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas, a company...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Richmond
,
CA
Source
Chevron

A strong odor was reported Friday afternoon in the area of Chevron’s Richmond refinery, city officials and the Bay Area Air Quality...Learn More

Substance
Sulfuric Acid
Location
Atlanta
,
GA
Source
Unknown

All northbound lanes on I-285 in southwest Atlanta were blocked for hours due to a chemical on the road surface. Delays were...Learn More

Substance
Phosgene
Location
La Porte
,
TX
Source
Altivia

Eight employees were evacuated from Altivia after a shelter-in-place order was issued for La Porte residents because of a chemical emergency Monday...Learn More

Substance
Molten Sulfer
Location
Livingston
,
KY
Source
CSX

The CSX train derailed around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near Livingston, a remote town with about 200 people in Rockcastle County. Residents were...Learn More

Substance
Renewable Fuels
Location
Martinez
,
CA
Source
Marathon

“Marathon Petroleum responders extinguished a fire early this morning [November 19] at the company’s Martinez renewable fuels facility. One employee was injured...Learn More

Substance
Plastic Pellets
Location
Atlanta
,
GA
Source
CSX

A collision between Norfolk Southern and CSX trains led to a derailment and fire this morning at CSX’s Howells Yard in northwest...Learn More

Substance
Liquid Latex
Location
Port Neches
,
TX
Source
Lion Elastomers

‘On arrival we noticed heavy smoke coming from the east side of the facility where our units from Port Neches, Groves and...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Forest
,
VA
Source
Unknown

At 04:15hrs Company 5 was dispatched to the 300 blk of Enterprise Dr for a reported chemical fire. Chief 5 arrived to...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Houston
,
TX
Source
Plastic recycling warehouse

The Houston Fire Department said a plastic recycling plant north of downtown caught fire Saturday morning. The fire has since been contained....Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Westlake
,
LA
Source
Lotte Chemical

The LOTTE Chemical Plant is conducting ground flaring, according to Calcasieu OHSEP director Dick Gremillon. 7NEWS’ meteorologists are weighing in saying the...Learn More

Substance
Paraffin wax
Location
Sandy
,
UT
Source
Superior Buck and Steel Supply

Several businesses were forced to evacuate due to a chemical fire at a supply store in Sandy on Friday afternoon. The blaze...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Los Angeles
,
CA
Source
Los Angeles Live

More than 30 Los Angeles Live employees were evaluated by paramedics after a 55-gallon drum containing a cleaning chemical spilled, causing them...Learn More

Substance
Unkown
Location
Reading
,
PA
Source
Lincoln Chemical Company

The EPA is monitoring the air quality in Reading, Pennsylvania, for signs of problems after a massive fire at an old chemical...Learn More

Substance
Diesel Fuel/Turpentine
Location
Shepherd
,
TX
Source
Sound Resource Solutions

An explosion triggered a large fire at a chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas, sending massive plumes of black smoke into the sky....Learn More

Substance
Unknown Petrochemical
Location
Petaluma
,
CA
Source
Unknown

Petaluma firefighters and hazmat workers stopped an early morning chemical spill from reaching local waterways Monday morning. Firefighters responded to a report...Learn More

Substance
Liquid Bleach
Location
Graham
,
TX
Source
Graham Water Treatment Plant

According to a press release from the city manager, upon initial investigation it was discovered that a rupture of a chemical tank...Learn More

Substance
Ammonia
Location
Omaha
,
NE
Source
Hiland Dairy

Several roads in the midtown area were closed for hours Sunday night after an anhydrous ammonia leak was reported near Creighton University....Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Rochester
,
NY
Source
Arxada

Fighters responded to an explosion at Arxada, a specialty chemicals company on McKee Road, shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. The explosion caused...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Midland
,
MI
Source
Midland's Michigan Operations Industrial Park

Business resumed in Midland's Michigan Operations Industrial Park after authorities and site emergency personnel responded to a chemical release there on Saturday....Learn More

Substance
Hydrochloric acid
Location
Muskegon Heights
,
MI
Source
Webb Chemical Services

Original estimates believed that two thousand gallons of the chemical had spilled, but subsequent updates published on the company’s website later revealed...Learn More

Substance
Crude Oil
Location
Deer Park
,
TX
Source
Pemex

Pemex (PEMX.UL) shut down the 270,000 barrel-per-day crude distillation unit (CDU) at its Deer Park, Texas, refinery on Monday because a process...Learn More

Substance
Nitrate
Location
Solvay
,
NY
Source
ChemtTrade

Around 1:36 p.m., the Solvay Fire Department was called to the facility at 24 Industrial Dr. off Willis Avenue for a report...Learn More

Substance
Nitric acid
Location
Berea
,
KY
Source
Mastronardi Produce USA

A chemical spill in Berea Wednesday evening posed potential danger at a produce company site, but first responders managed to clear the...Learn More

Substance
Ammonia
Location
Wilcox
,
AZ
Source
Unknown

A stretch of Eastbound Interstate 10 near Willcox was closed for much of Tuesday after a morning collision between two semis killed...Learn More

Substance
Coke Dust
Location
Martinez
,
CA
Source
Martinez Refining Company

Contra Costa County’s health department is investigating the emission of coke dust at the Martinez Refining Company on Friday, meanwhile neighbors to...Learn More

Substance
Plastic Nurdle
Location
Hyattsville
,
MD
Source
CSX

The derailment happened overnight on Saturday, Sept. 23 at about 1:39 a.m. near Baltimore Avenue, leaving railcars stuck on the road and...Learn More

Substance
Anhydrous Ammonia
Location
Teutopolis
,
IL
Source
Unknown

Five people died from exposure to a chemical that spilled after a semitruck overturned in central Illinois, according to autopsies conducted Monday….The...Learn More

Substance
Vinyl
Location
Prichard
,
AL
Source
Denny Manufacturing

Fire broke out at a manufacturing plant in Alabama which is the largest producer of “photogenic backdrops” are produced. Backdrops are often...Learn More

Substance
Hydrochloric acid
Location
Jacksonville
,
FL
Source
Florida East Coast Railyard

The spill happened early Sunday morning at the Florida East Coast Railyard and the evection area was along Philips Highway between University...Learn More

Substance
Perchloric acid
Location
North Platte
,
NE
Source
Bailey Yard

Lincoln County residents were forced to evacuate due to an explosion that occurred at Bailey Yard on Thursday afternoon. City of North...Learn More

Substance
Oleum
Location
Hopewell
,
VA
Source
AdvanSix

Friday morning’s leak was of a chemical called oleum, city officials said. The EPA says oleum is a regulated toxic substance. The...Learn More

Substance
Hydrochloric Acid
Location
McDonald
,
PA
Source
Reaxis

On Wednesday night, fire crews fought a fire at a chemical manufacturing plant in Washington County, PA. County dispatch confirmed that a...Learn More

Substance
Gasoline
Location
Port Arthur
,
TX
Source
BASF

BASF TotalEnergies Petrochemicals in Port Arthur is still shut down following a fire and the collapse of a tower at the refinery...Learn More

Substance
Paint
Location
Cleveland
,
OH
Source
Nippon

The Cleveland Division of Fire responded to the scene of a chemical spill that took place inside the Nippon Paint Plant on...Learn More

Substance
Naphtha
Location
Garyville
,
LA
Source
Marathon Petroleum

A mandatory evacuation was issued for part of Garyville Friday as emergency responders and hazmat crews work to contain a chemical release...Learn More

Substance
Oxides of nitrogen
Location
New Albany
,
IN
Source
Blue Grass Chemical Specialties

A chemical release sent a large yellow plume into the air above an industrial park in New Albany on Thursday for the...Learn More

Substance
Industrial coatings and resins
Location
Garland
,
TX
Source
Sherwin Williams

A worker was injured early Monday when an explosion set a paint manufacturing plant in the Dallas suburbs ablaze and shot a...Learn More

Substance
Dioxins and polyaromatic hydrocarbons i
Location
Bernalillo County
,
NM
Source
Atkore United Poly Systems Warehouse

Responders were dispatched on Sunday afternoon to a facility that manufactures and recycles plastic pipes. By then, flames had ignited a storage...Learn More

Substance
Sodium hydroxide
Location
East Ridge
,
TN
Source
Unknown

A tractor trailer hauling chemicals caught fire Thursday evening near East Ridge, triggering a major hazmat response and the evacuation of residents,...Learn More

Substance
Propane
Location
Phoenix
,
AZ
Source
Bills Propoane

Dozens of cars are damaged and hundreds of propane tanks are scattered around a neighborhood near Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport after an...Learn More

Substance
Tetrachloroethylene
Location
Whitemarsh
,
PA
Source
CSX

A CSX freight train derailed in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania on Monday morning. According to officials, the crash happened at about 4:50 a.m....Learn More

Substance
Ethylene oxide
Location
Plaquemine
,
LA
Source
Dow Chemical

A fire at a Louisiana chemical plant triggered explosions that shook homes several miles away and sent flames and smoke billowing into...Learn More

Substance
Petcoke Dust
Location
Martinez
,
CA
Source
Martinez Refining Company

An oil refinery in Martinez coughed up toxic dust on Tuesday, and hazmat teams responded to the scene where material was “visible...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Springfield
,
MO
Source
3M

Around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, while many celebrated with fireworks, the Springfield Fire Department responded to the 3M factory on Chestnut Expressway...Learn More

Substance
Petroleum Based Substance
Location
Flint
,
MI
Source
Unkown

EGLE said Friday morning that the agency can’t yet say what the spilled substance is, the volume of the discharge or the...Learn More

Substance
Xylene
Location
Houston
,
TX
Source
Texas Children's Hospital

It happened around 1:45 p.m. in one of the research towers at the Texas Children's Hospital on Fannin St. Emergency responders with...Learn More

Substance
SO2
Location
Texas City
,
TX
Source
Marathon

A shelter-in-place has been lifted for Texas City residents after an odor complaint prompted an investigation Tuesday afternoon. "An all clear has...Learn More

Substance
Trivalent Chromium
Location
St. Louis
,
MO
Source
Boeing

Approximately 1,000 gallons of wastewater contaminated by the chemical trivalent chromium was released Tuesday into Coldwater Creek, an Environmental Protection Agency release...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Dunedin
,
FL
Source
Unkown

One person has been seriously injured in a chemical spill near Dunedin. Emergency services were called to Dukes Road in Mosgiel shortly...Learn More

Substance
Sodium hydro sulfate
Location
Stillwater County (Coumbus)
,
MT
Source
Montana Rail Link

A bridge that crosses the Yellowstone River in Montana collapsed early Saturday, plunging portions of a freight train carrying hazardous materials into...Learn More

Substance
Phosphorus
Location
North Charleston
,
SC
Source
Lanxess

A North Charleston community is pushing for better communication after a small amount of phosphorous was released into the air from a...Learn More

Substance
Styrene
Location
Croom-A-Coochee
,
FL
Source
Unkown

A hydroplaning vehicle Tuesday morning on Interstate 75 set off a "series of reactions and collisions" that resulted in the major roadway...Learn More

Substance
Phosphoric Acic
Location
Laredo
,
TX
Source
Unkown

On Monday, June 19, The Laredo Fire Department responded to a reported chemical spill in the 300 block of Crossroads Avenue. Firefighters...Learn More

Substance
Location
Dearborn
,
MI
Source
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

A chemical reaction caused a fire at a Streamwood manufacturing site Monday morning. At about 9:12 a.m., the Streamwood Fire Department responded...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Bethel Township
,
PA
Source
Air Liquide

Emergency personnel dealt with a chemical fire and hazardous materials incident Thursday night at a Slate Belt business. Fire crews were called...Learn More

Substance
Hydrochloric acid
Location
Omaha
,
NE
Source
Unkown

About 300 gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled outside near 102nd and J Streets Wednesday morning around 11 a.m. Omaha Fire Captain Brian...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Pardeeville
,
WI
Source
Columbia County Recycling and Waste Processing Facility

Columbia County Dispatch Center received reports of the fire just after 2 p.m. at the Columbia County Recycling and Waste Processing Facility....Learn More

Substance
Motor Fuel
Location
Corpus Christi
,
TX
Source
Valero

Valero Energy Corp said crews are responding to a fire on Wednesday within its 290,000 barrel-per-day Corpus Christi West refinery in Texas....Learn More

Substance
Petroleum
Location
Texas City
,
TX
Source
Marathon

Marathon Petroleum has confirmed one employee's death in the wake of a fire that broke out at its Texas City refinery on...Learn More

Substance
Ethyl acrylate
Location
Lynchburg
,
VA
Source
Cathcart Rail

The Lynchburg Fire Marshal’s Office has been monitoring a release of a chemical from a holding tank at Cathcart Rail (formerly Buncher...Learn More

Substance
Olefins
Location
Deer Park
,
TX
Source
Shell

The fire at the Shell plant took place shortly before 3 p.m. Friday on the 5900 block of State Highway 225. According...Learn More

Substance
Gas
Location
Gainesville
,
FL
Source
Air Liquide

Officials with the company “Air Liquide” (“Lih-keed”) say nothing hazardous is in the air around High Springs and only one worker remains...Learn More

Substance
Gas
Location
Wilmington
,
CA
Source
Marathon

Four people were taken to the hospital after a gas leak at a refinery in Wilmington Thursday morning. Firefighters responded to the...Learn More

Petrochemical train cars in front of large, dark smoke plume.

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In 2023 and counting are costing us our lives, livelihoods, and health

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People Before
Petro­chemicals

Petrochemicals are a major source of toxic pollution—they are used to make plastic, clothing, fertilizers, and many other products. As the world transitions to clean and renewable energy, oil and gas companies are increasingly looking to petrochemicals as a financial lifeline, with plans to expand exponentially.

The Spill Tracker platform is a commitment made by Beyond Petrochemicals and its partners to communities nationwide to shine a light on the danger of petrochemicals. We hope that by tracking the spills, leaks, fires, and other incidents caused by petrochemicals and the stories of the people who endure their aftermath, this problem will finally receive the attention it deserves.

Enormous plume of gray smoke billowing behind a residential street.