The Toxic Risk When Hurricanes Hit The Texas Chemical Coast

The next hurricane that hits the Texas coast will again put some of the nation's biggest refineries and chemical plants — and the communities near them — at risk. But it won’t be the first time. Looking back at some big storms and the havoc they caused is what StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling did to find out what can go wrong.

We had some sodium cyanide tanks floating in the channel. We also had barges with sulfuric acid that had run aground. And they were in close proximity to each other.”

—Captain Marcus Woodring, Deputy Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Houston-Galveston.

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Dave Fehling

Dave Fehling

Director of News and Public Affairs

As Director of News and Public Affairs, Dave Fehling manages the radio news operation at Houston's NPR station. Previously, he was a reporter at the station, covering the oil & gas industry and its impact on the environment. He won top state honors for in-depth and investigative reporting as well...

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