Williams Olefins provides update following Geismar incident

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Williams Olefins published an update on its website today announcing it has established a unified command center in Geismar and is cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board to investigate the cause of the incident on Thursday. Both agencies have deployed investigative teams to the scene.

In addition, Williams Olefins has established a command center at its Tulsa headquarters to support activities in Geismar.

An essential team of employees have returned to the unaffected area of the plant to further decommission the facility.

Personnel in the command centers are developing work plans for OSHA's approval to make repairs in order to restore power and other basic services to the plant. The company continues to monitor air quality at the plant as was procedural prior to the incident.

The news release said Williams Olefins is cooperating with federal, state and local agencies in assessing the situation and determining the cause of the explosion.

The extent of damage is unknown at this time.

Grief counselors continue meeting with employees and contract workers to offer assistance.

More information is available at http://co.williams.com/williams/news-media/geismar-update/.