TEXAS CITY — A worker at the Marathon refinery in Texas City was possibly exposed to a sulfur dioxide leak Tuesday and taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure, an official said.

The leak, reported shortly after 3 p.m. at the refinery along Fifth Avenue South, wasn’t a danger to the public, said Bruce Clawson, emergency management manager for the city of Texas City.

The worker was exposed only briefly to the gas, which is a byproduct of oil production. Medical personnel checked the worker, and he was taken to a hospital as a precaution, Clawson said.

“There was a brief spike of sulfur dioxide, but it was over immediately,” Clawson said. “There’s certainly no danger to the public.”

Sulfur dioxide is a naturally occurring gas and has the smell of rotten eggs, Clawson said. It can be hazardous to the respiratory system, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Contact Reporter Chris Paschenko at 409-683-5241 or chris.paschenko@galvnews.com.

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Dorothy Holt

Could somebody please release the name of this Marathon employee for the Buzzard. Buzzie is looking at al the emergency rooms and hospital reports for his name. Buzzie needs some money. Please help him!!

George Croix

A brief exposure to SO2 has the same effects as a brief exposure to the byproduct of a double beef-n-bean burrito.
Olfactory discomfort, and a desire to stop breathing long enough to get out of the area.
If you drink wine, you've already been 'exposed' with each drink of it.
Better get on the horn to 'Just Win' ...
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