Two people were injured in an explosion and fire Tuesday at a crude-oil tank farm on Pelican Island.

The fire was at the Pelican Island Storage Terminal, a tank farm near Texas Clipper Road, east of the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus, city spokeswoman Marissa Barnett said.

Firefighters from several agencies contained the blaze.

Tanks at the business are used to store a form of crude oil, Barnett said.

The two injured people were transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch for treatment, Barnett said.

Their medical condition could not be determined Tuesday evening.

Pelican Island is on the north side of the Galveston ship channel. It is the location of the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus and multiple industrial businesses.

Texas A&M University at Galveston issued a shelter-in-place order as a precaution because of the fire, school spokeswoman Rebecca Watts said.

The shelter-in-place order was lifted about 4:30 p.m., Watts later said.

Texas A&M University at Galveston has since July of 2013 filed 13 air quality complaints to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality against the Pelican Island Storage Terminal, 3801 GTI Blvd., with the most recent being Sept. 5, 2019, according to records provided to The Daily News.

Publicly traded World Point Terminals, based in St. Louis, Missouri, owns Pelican Island Storage. The company owns, operates, develops and acquires terminals and other assets relating to the storage of light refined products, heavy refined products and crude oil. It generates revenue primarily from its fee-based storage and terminal services.

Refiners typically use World Point’s terminals because they prefer to subcontract storage services or their facilities don’t have enough storage capacity or dock infrastructure, according to the company.

World Point Terminal President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Fenton didn’t immediately return a phone call late Tuesday afternoon.

Ronnie Steelman, a local representative of the company, “wasn’t giving any comments,” an employee answering the phone said.

The Pelican Island facility has storage capacity of about 2 million barrels of oil and lists vacuum gas oil, bunker fuel and No. 6 oil among the products at the site.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

Laura Elder: 409-683-5248;

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242; or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews



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