Reports from ABC13 in Houston.

Records show ITC has a long history of questionable environmental practices.

Environment Texas says the company has already released 3.1 million pounds of unauthorized emissions into the air during this fire.

There were at least 39 unauthorized air releases since 2003.


Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 3:53PM

HOUSTON,Texas (KTRK) — The smoke billowing into the air so thick, even plant workers who grew up in the area say they can’t remember a fire of this scale.

“That is very scary, they could go, could chain reaction, if they don’t watch it,” said one worker.

Yet, Monday morning, even after confirming seven storage tanks were burning, executives with Intercontinental Terminals Company, or ITC, downplayed the environmental impact.

“We continue to monitor the air quality in and around the area,” said David Wascome, ITC spokesperson.

“At this time, (levels are) still within normal range, but we’re still monitoring, ” said Wascome.

For the entire story on ABC13 in Channel 13