On Friday, shortly before 9 p.m., a flash fire occurred at Sunoco Logistics’
terminal in Nederland, TX. Seven employees were injured during the fire—four
of whom were injured critically. Three of the injured were transported
via Life Flight to burn centers while four were taken to local hospital
The flash fire occurred while the welding contractor was working on a crude-oil
pipeline connection that was under construction. In a statement from Sunoco,
the company stated there was no impact to nearby residents and that they
will be working with the contractor, L-Con, Inc., to determine the cause.
Federal accident investigators arrived at the scene on Saturday to begin
investigating. "There was welding, a crude oil line and fumes,"
said a Sunoco spokesman. The investigation will look into what set off
the fire, as well as whether or not the contractors were following necessary
Sunoco Logistics transports, terminals, and stores crude oil, natural gas
liquids, and refined products. The Nederland terminal stores such products
and is connected to a 6,000-mile pipeline network.