posted on Sep, 15 2008 @ 04:25 PM
So it has been several months since the initial blast. Because of the explosion i have had to move into a new home, and i lost my job of 8 years (we
couldn't hire anyone because what the oilfield didn't take out of the workforce, the refinery did...consider how many wives quit working for us when
their husbands began making 25 bucks an hour and the wives stayed home).
On the 18th of this month (that is 3 days) they are going to "fire it up" again.
Of course, OSHA was on site to certify much of the labor being done. And they required many pipeline repairs/replacements. Of course, many of these
replacements were not done.
Due to the shoddy nature of the work that was done, most of the original engineers have bailed, stating that they don't want their name associated
with this refinery when it blows again. Following them out the door were many of the "old timers" who know that the engineers are smart enough to
leave while the getting was good.
The "Cat Cracker" was supposed to be replace, as the propylene tanks were less than 100ft from it when they exploded. As well, the fire burned
right up to the cracker (the fireman who stood between the wall of fire and the cat cracker is a friend of mine, and the biggest hero i have ever
known...God bless him), within 20 feet. The heat is feared to have created weaknesses in the metal forming the cracker (when the first blast
happened, the suction of O2 from the area extinguished the first 2 stages on the cracker, otherwise you would likely be getting this report from me
while on a ouija board)
So, this old Cat Cracker is in need of replacement, and they are still going to fire it up and make gasoline and jet fuel. The engineers that left
don't think it can withstand the pressures, and that it may blow on the same day that they start it up again.
Bigfatfurrytexan and his family will be sitting in Odessa, Texas all day trying to stay away from the explosions.