Two large-scale chemical plant explosions in the Gulf of Mexico have killed more than 100 people and destroyed hundreds of acres of property, including homes and businesses.
The blasts at a Chevron Corp. refinery and a BP Corp. gas processing plant have devastated the region, and killed more people than any other natural disaster in U.S. history, according to the Associated Press.
More: Chemical companies are blaming federal authorities for the disaster.
The companies are the nation’s largest suppliers of chemicals to the Gulf Coast and a key supplier of the nation for its petrochemical industry.
They are among a host of companies that have filed lawsuits against the U.K. and other countries over the spill.
The lawsuits seek to block U.N. and U.C.G. inspections and compensation for victims and for the destruction of property.
A company spokesman in Houston, who asked not to be identified, said the explosions in Marigot and San Marcos, Texas, occurred just hours after the first reports of a toxic gas leak in the area.
The explosions are still under investigation and authorities are still assessing the cause, he said.
An EPA spokesperson said the agency is investigating the cause of the explosions.
The explosion happened about 5:15 p.m. in the Marigots refinery and occurred after a chemical leak occurred at a refinery owned by the oil company, according a report by the Texas Railroad Commission.
About 150 people are missing, according the commission.
The commission has closed all the pipelines and terminals in the region because of the gas leak, the commission said in a statement.
Marigot’s refinery is one of the world’s largest refineries and the largest in the country, but is under federal oversight.
In addition to the fatalities, more than 3,000 homes and buildings have been damaged and more than 5,000 other properties have been destroyed, according EPA records.
This is a developing story.
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