March 22, 2019 / 6:40 PM / 3 months ago

Chemicals leak at Houston-area petrochem fire prompts new travel restrictions

HOUSTON, March 22 (Reuters) - An earthen barrier holding chemicals that leaked from a massive petrochemical fire outside Houston breached on Friday, prompting restrictions on travel around the site, part of the busiest U.S. oil export port.

Intercontinental Terminals Co., a unit of Japan's Mitsui & Co, called for a shelter-in-place around the Deer Park, Texas, fuels storage facility as chemicals were being pumped from damaged tanks holding thousands of gallons of fuel. (Reporting by Gary McWilliams Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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