March 30, 2020 | Mark Paradies

US CSB Posts Updated Video of BP Texas City Explosion and Fire

BP Texas City Annimation

The US Chemical Safety Board posted an updated video of the explosion and fire at the BP Texas City Refinery that occurred 15 years ago. Watch it below…

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2 Replies to “US CSB Posts Updated Video of BP Texas City Explosion and Fire”

  • Mark Paradies says:

    What’s left out of the video? These are the things I remember from the multiple investigations that were performed…

    1) Multiple procedures that didn’t agree and none of which were accurate or being followed.

    2) The local level indicator (a sight glass) was darkened and not readable.

    3) The lone operator left in charge (who was “qualified”) had never performed an ISOM startup before.

    4) Hazop recommendations to review the blowdown system for adequacy and replace it if necessary had not been implemented in 10 years.

    5) Blowdown drum did not meet Amaco’s or BP’s engineering standards.

    6) A project to replace the inadequate relief system (remove the blowdown drum and hook process into an adequate flare system) was canceled to save $100,000.

  • shahram says:


    In relation To human performance:

    -Safety Critical Communication -Shift Handover did not work

    -Performance Shaping Factors – Managing Fatigue and shift work did not work,

    -Organisational learning- They had similar incident few years back, they did not learn

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