Environmental Health & Safety

ExxonMobil Faces Lawsuit From County After Houston-Area Chemical Fire

By Chemical Processing Staff

Aug 06, 2019

In what some are calling a quick, bold move, according to an article from the Texas Standard, Harris County sues ExxonMobil in the wake of a fire last week at the company’s Houston-area Baytown plant. The fire reportedly left 37 people with minor injuries.

According to the article, the county’s suit alleges “environmental violations, illegal outdoor burning, creating a condition of air pollution, and a nuisance, as well.” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo reportedly said that state penalties for polluters are rarely more than a “slap on the wrist” and quick legal action by the county prevents the state from stepping in and weakening potential remedies.

Read the entire article here.