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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
Nurdles
Location
Schaghticoke
,
NY
Source
Berkshire and Eastern Railroad

Months after a train crashed the night of Feb. 7 in Valley Falls — spilling rapeseed oil and tiny plastic beads from...Learn More

Substance
Nitric acid
Location
Letterkenny
,
PA
Source
AFCO

The incident occurred at the AFCO facility in the 800 block, involving a leak that released a mixture of water, nitric acid,...Learn More

Substance
CO2, Nox, Ethylene
Location
Brazoria County
,
TX
Source
INEOS

Not long after, the Chocolate Bayou petrochemical plant, owned by British-based Ineos and also located in Brazoria County, reported almost 7 tons...Learn More

Substance
Pyrophoric Liquid Metal
Location
Franklin
,
MA
Source
Dynisco

In their statement near 12 p.m., the fire department identified the hazardous material as ‘a small quantity of pyrophoric liquid metal’ and...Learn More

Substance
Cobalt Thiocyanate Hydrate
Location
Ironton
,
OH
Source
Unknown

The lanes of US-52 were closed at 12:46 p.m. after an unidentified barrel with an unknown substance was discovered on the side...Learn More

Substance
Unkown
Location
Galveston Bay
,
TX
Source
Marathon Petroleum

The fuel giant Marathon Petroleum said Monday that its Galveston Bay Refinery had lost power during the storm and was burning off...Learn More

Substance
Excess gases
Location
Hosuton
,
TX
Source
Formosa

Formosa Plastics Corporation and Freeport LNG also reported flaring related to Beryl, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality....Learn More

Substance
Anhydrous ammonia, sulfur and methanol
Location
Fargo
,
ND
Source
Canadian Pacific

Twenty-nine cars of a CPKC train derailed around 3:45 a.m. in a marshy area surrounded by farmland that's about 140 miles (225...Learn More

Substance
Chlorine
Location
Navassa
,
NC
Source
American Distillation Company

According to a town of Navassa spokesperson, at around 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the Navassa Volunteer Fire Department responded to a chlorine...Learn More

Substance
Anhydrous ammonia
Location
Trion
,
GA
Source
Mount Vernon Mills

A chemical spill at Mount Vernon Mills in Trion, Georgia forced several evacuations overnight. The Trion Fire Department responded to the scene...Learn More

Substance
Firefighting Foam
Location
Bethel
,
AK
Source
Bethel Aviation

A malfunctioning firefighting system leaked around 10 gallons of foam in the Bethel aviation facility’s boiler room, hangar bay, and outside of...Learn More

Substance
Nitric acid
Location
Buckeye
,
AZ
Source
Thatcher Company of Arizona

A chemical leak in Buckeye prompted a shelter-in-place warning Friday evening as authorities investigated the air quality, the Buckeye Police Department said....Learn More

Substance
Foam
Location
Burlington
,
VT
Source
Vermont National Guard

Hundreds of gallons of chemical foam used to fight fires have spilled out of the Army Aviation Support Facility and into the...Learn More

Substance
Ammonia
Location
Fond du Lac
,
WI
Source
Milk Specialties

Ammonia leak inside the building involving the Ammonia refrigeration system....Learn More

Substance
Nitrogen Oxide
Location
McRae
,
AR
Source
Union Pacific Railroad

Emergency officials are working on a chemical spill involving a train around Highway 367 in the McRae area. Beebe Police said on...Learn More

Substance
Fertilizer
Location
Kansas City
,
MO
Source
Unknown

Eastbound lanes of I-70 through Kansas City closed…after a tanker truck carrying plant chemicals overturned on the highway. The truck overturned around...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Douglasville
,
GA
Source
Unknown

Interstate 20 in Douglasville is completely shut down during the busy Thursday afternoon rush hour following a leak from an overturned tractor-trailer...Learn More

Substance
Polyisobutylene
Location
Union
,
NE
Source
Union Pacific

A Union Pacific Railroad train spilled a synthetic rubber substance into a southeast Nebraska creek Tuesday when it derailed near the Cass...Learn More

Substance
Sulfuric Acid
Location
Burlington
,
WI
Source
Applied Material Solution

A manufacturing plant was evacuated Friday when a delivery truck spilled about 10 gallons of sulfuric acid, officials said. No injuries were...Learn More

Substance
Ferric sulphate
Location
Austin
,
TX
Source
Unknown

The Austin Fire Department is responding to what it called a “hazardous spill” in west Austin Tuesday morning. AFD later said the...Learn More

Substance
Isocyanate fluid
Location
Mansfield
,
MA
Source
Future Foam

Two workers were injured in a chemical spill at a foam manufacturing facility in Mansfield Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to Future...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Clinton
,
IA
Source
LyondellBasell

At approximately 1 p.m. on May 26th, the LyondellBasell Clinton Complex temporarily lost power, which resulted in flaring at the facility....Learn More

Substance
Unknown Petrochemical
Location
Norwich
,
VT
Source
Unknown

Petroleum-based chemicals have been dripping down an abutment of Moore Lane Bridge, less than two years after the town installed a containment...Learn More

Substance
Foam
Location
Muskegon
,
MI
Source
American Chemical Solutions

A tank on its side and foam seen running into the Black Creek caused a hazmat response, Muskegon Professional Firefighters said Tuesday....Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
West Finley
,
PA
Source
Consol Energy

A large storage building operated by a subcontractor at the Bailey Mine complex in Greene County caught fire Monday morning, prompting numerous...Learn More

Substance
Hydraulic Fluid
Location
Burrton
,
KS
Source
Gressel Oil

A shelter-in-place has been issued for the area of Burrton after an oil field supply plant was damaged causing a chemical spill....Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Houston
,
TX
Source
TPC Group

TPC Group's petrochemical plant was the scene of a fireball-like flare that was blown sideways by blustery winds during the severe thunderstorm....Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Beaumont
,
TX
Source
ExxonMobil

Flaring events were also reported at Exxon Mobil’s facilities in Beaumont, and a spokesperson said that the impacts there were ‘minor.’...Learn More

Substance
Sodium hydroxide
Location
Macedonia
,
OH
Source
Royal Chemical

Tanker exploded at a Royal Chemical facility in Macedonia ohio silling sodium hydroxide...Learn More

Substance
Ammonium nitrate
Location
Pitt County
,
NC
Source
Unknown

The chemical ammonium nitrate was being transported on a truck that turned over at 7 a.m. Friday morning, May 17, the clean-up...Learn More

Substance
Hydrogen Peroxide
Location
Stockbridge
,
GA
Source
Unknown

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, a tanker truck exiting Jodeco Road spilled a large amount of hydrogen peroxide, shutting down...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Olive Branch
,
MS
Source
Unknown

A part of a highway in Olive Branch closed after a semi-trailer spilled chemicals Friday, May 17. The incident happened on Highway...Learn More

Substance
Transformer Oil
Location
Bishopville
,
SC
Source
Unknown

According to Lee County Fire-Rescue, authorities are on the site of a spill between that happened between Lee State Park Road and...Learn More

Substance
Nurdles
Location
Beaver County
,
PA
Source
Shell Ethane Cracker Plant

Since the plant became operational in the fall of 2022, Clark has noticed strong chemical odors at the outfalls—potentially a sign of...Learn More

Substance
Nitric acid
Location
Creola
,
AL
Source
Ranger Environmental

The Creola Fire Department issued the alert about 10 a.m. [May 13], saying the spill was near Ranger Environmental. Highway 43 between...Learn More

Substance
Acidic material
Location
Spartanburg
,
SC
Source
Unknown

A Spartanburg County road is temporarily closed while Hazmat teams clean up a chemical spill. According to Spartanburg County Emergency Management, a...Learn More

Substance
Nurdles
Location
Chicago
,
IL
Source
Unknown

Most of these fragments are generally smaller than an inch. Lentil-sized pellets used in plastic production called “nurdles” account for 5% to...Learn More

Substance
Chlroine and Fertilizer
Location
Chambersburg
,
PA
Source
Rural King

According to the Chambersburg Fire Department, firefighters responded to the Rural King store on Wayne Ave. around 11:36 p.m. after employees reported...Learn More

Substance
Acid
Location
Gurnee
,
IL
Source
Weiman Products

The Gurnee Fire Department responded around 12:05 a.m. Thursday to Weiman Products, 755 Tri-State Parkway in Gurnee, for a report of a...Learn More

Substance
Organic peroxide
Location
DeKalb
,
GA
Source
FedEx

A FedEx facility in DeKalb County was evacuated early Thursday morning after a chemical spill, authorities said. At around 7:30 a.m., firefighters...Learn More

Substance
Plastic Pellets
Location
Wyoming
,
OH
Source
CSX

On Saturday, three train cars derailed near Wyoming Avenue at approximately 8 p.m., CSX wrote in a statement. One of the cars...Learn More

Substance
Unknown
Location
Houston
,
TX
Source
Kinder Morgan Galena Park Refinery

Three people were injured Friday when a fire broke out at a storage terminal in Galena Park, according to the Harris County...Learn More

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

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.