Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Security Breach at BASF Freeport
Apparently an SUV crashed through a security gate at the BASF chemical plant in Freeport, TX. The driver then allegedly eluded security and finally crashed into an 18 wheeler with an overseas tank in tow. The SUV driver was taken to the hospital and the "big truck" driver sustained minor injuries. Wonder what all this is about? Probably just a regular old nut cutting loose and terrorism has not been implied at this point. Never know though. Could be a wild Mohammedan. Stranger things have happened. Now there is a problem here of which I have spoken before. These chemical facilities have on site some extremely lethal products. There are the standard fire hazards of course, but more importantly for the surrounding communities are the inhalation hazards. The security at most chemical plants is borderline ridiculous. The chemical companies likely just do not want to pay for what would be considered a professional security force. That is a crime. Nothing against the security people in place. They are doing their job to the best of their ability, but very few are qualified to be a "security professional." At some of these plants the security should be as stringent as at a nuclear power facility. Any thing less is posing a danger to the community.