An often overlooked segment of the energy industry involves liquid terminals and the vital role they play in the storage and transportation of liquids products.

Two recent incidents in the Houston area, one of them causing a fatality, have attracted unwanted public attention to the large number of tank farms that surround the Gulf Coast. On March 17, a fire erupted in property owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) in Deer Park, Texas. The fire reignited after it was initially extinguished, eventually taking three days to put out. Nearby businesses and tourist attractions were forced to close for weeks, shipping was halted in the Houston Ship Channel, and environmental concerns have still not abated. Damages may total $1 billion as numerous lawsuits have been filed and investigations continue.

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