Several folks sent clippings of Bill Minutaglio’s column in The New York Times about the recent explosion at the fertilizer in West and the Texas City Disaster.

Minutaglio, a professor at the University of Texas, talks about “Texas’ passionate history of pushing back at what some see as big-government intrusion — a trend that traces back to the regulation-free days of wildcatting in the oil patches.”

Texas keeps fighting safety and environmental regulations, making Texas an attractive place for business activity in the petrochemical field. Unfortunately, fatal accidents are a recurring theme.

Recent editorials and guest columns by Jack Cross and Jose Boix play on this theme about whether Texas has an adequate system for regulating toxins in air emissions.

Minutaglio concludes: “Sixty-six years after the Texas City Disaster, it is finally time for this pathological avoidance of oversight to end in Texas.”

What about you? Agree or disagree?

(2) comments

Norman Pappous

It is my understanding that the governing regulations regarding the circumstances that led to the West explosion is OSHA. That is a federal oversight issue - not state.

Gerhard Meinecke

Shouldn'y states take care of themselves?

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