Texas Asbestos Exposure

Texas

Texas is the primary domestic producer of petroleum products; this industry is among the three most dangerous industrial occupations in terms of asbestos exposure. Texas oil refineries and other facilities are operated by:

  • BP Amoco
  • Chevron
  • Citgo
  • Esso
  • Exxon
  • Fina
  • Gulf
  • Mobil
  • Shell

All of these corporations have been named defendants in asbestos lawsuits with a mesothelioma lawyer.

Texas Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Texas where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Texas there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Petroleum Hazards

Like stone (of which it is a form), asbestos is heat-resistant, flame-retardant and impervious to chemical corrosion. Unlike stone, asbestos is soft and pliable, and therefore can be used in numerous applications that would normally require some type of soft, flexible fabric.

Whether in its crude form or in any of its several stages of refinement, petrochemicals are highly volatile making asbestos very useful when it comes to preventing death or injury from flame, or more importantly, property damage. Asbestos insulation was used to shield distillation columns, pipes and conduits, work surfaces and gaskets throughout the facility.

As asbestos insulation ages, it becomes brittle, and starts to crumble and release fibers into the environment. This state is known as friable. During Hurricane Rita, high winds damaged the refinery's insulation, spreading asbestos fibers throughout the region. Those who could have been exposed should seek medical attention at mesothelioma clinics in their area.

The Evidence

In a 2003 British study, 45,000 oil industry workers who had been employed for a period of at least one year during the thirty-five year period between 1946 and 1971 were tracked; the subjects included those who actually worked in the refineries and those who were employed in delivery and distribution. Workers in the first category were found to have more cancer than those in the second.

More Asbestos Industries

Texas is also home to numerous shipyards, power plants and chemical factories; all three have been identified as industries in which asbestos exposure constitutes a serious health risk. Power generation facilities are especially hazardous environments. Since asbestos is an effective electrical insulator it was used in almost every part of a power plant from conduit lagging to the machinery itself.

Until the early 1980s, asbestos insulation was used in almost every part of a ship's construction from the crows nest to the bilge. In a recent National Cancer Institute study, shipyard employees in a study of 4,700 people employed at a nearby Coast Guard facility demonstrated “significant excess mortality” from lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Asbestos In The Wild

Naturally-occurring serpentine deposits are located near the Government Canyon State Natural Area northwest of San Antonio. Serpentine is the source of “white” chrysotile asbestos; 95% of all commercial asbestos was of this type.

Other Texas Jobsites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural mesothelioma.

Abernathy

  • Southwestern Electric Power Company
  • Southwestern Public Service Company
  • Tuco Plant

Arlington

  • Buick Oldsmobile
  • General Motors Assembly
  • General Motors Corp
  • Spanish West Apartments
  • U.T.A.
  • Vandergriff Community Center

Athens

  • Forest Grove Steam Electric Station
  • Harbison-Walker Refractories
  • Lone Star Gas Company
  • Texas Power and Light Company
  • Texas Utilities Services, Inc.

Avinger

  • Aep Southwestern Electric Power
  • Lone Star
  • Southwestern Electric Power Company
  • Southwestern Public Service Company
  • Swepco
  • Wilkes Powerhouse
  • Wilkes Steam Plant

Bacliff

  • Bacliff Steam Electric Station
  • Houston Lighting & Power Company
  • P H Robinson Plant
  • Reliant Energy Inc

Bastrop

  • Bastrop Park
  • Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Pathfinder Manufacturing
  • Sim Gideon Power Plant
  • Sim Gideon Steam Plant

Big Spring

  • Cosden Oil & Chemical
  • Cosden Petroleum Corporation
  • Fina Oil and Chemical Company
  • Safeway Grocery Chain Store

Big Springs

  • Badger Manufacturing. Company
  • Casden Refinery
  • Cosden Oil & Chemical Company
  • Cosden Petroleum Refinery
  • James L. Edwards Warehouse
  • Kasch Bros., Inc.
  • Veterans Administration Hospital

Bishop

  • Celanese Chemical Plant
  • Celanese Corporation of America
  • Celanese Plastics Company
  • Champlin Petroleum Company
  • Fluor Corporation

Blackwell

  • Oak Creek Power Plant
  • Oak Creek Steam Plant
  • West Texas Utilities Company
  • Wtu Power Station

Bogata

  • Rivercrest Power Plant
  • Texas Utilities Company
  • Txu Electric Company

Bridge City

  • Bridge City Powerhouse
  • Cumbustion Engineering
  • Entergy Corp
  • Entergy Gulf States Inc
  • Entergy Sabine Plant
  • Gulf State Utilities Company
  • Gulf States Utilities Company
  • Sabine Power Plant
  • Sabine Station

Brownwood

  • Brownwood Hospital
  • Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company
  • National Guard Barracks
  • Precision Insulation
  • Thermal Products
  • Triple B Corp

Bryan

  • Bryan High School
  • Bryan Municiple Electric System
  • Elf Atochem North America, Inc.
  • International Shoe
  • Power Plant
  • Rc Dansby Steam Plant
  • Roland C. Dansby Power Plant
  • Texas A&M University

Carrollton

  • Bayfield Industries
  • Country Place Court
  • Emtex Division
  • International Paper Company

Carthage

  • Champlin Oil & Refining Company
  • Chicago Corp
  • Conoco Plant
  • United Gas Pipe Line

Cedar Bayou

  • Cedar Bayou Generator Station
  • Chevron Chemical Plant
  • Chevron Phillips Plastics
  • Gulf Chemical Plant
  • Houston Lighting & Power
  • Spencer Chemical

Chaison

  • Eastern Texas Electric Company
  • Gulf States Utilities Company
  • Magnolia Petroleum company
  • Mobil Oil Company
  • Security Oil Company

Channel View

  • Atlantic Richfield Chemical Company
  • Sinclair Petrochemicals
  • T E Mercer Trucking
  • Texas Butadiene & Chem. Corp

Chocolate Bayou

  • Amoco Chemical Plant
  • Amoco Refinery Plant
  • Monsanto Chemical Company
  • Phillips Refinery
  • Sterling, Solutia

Clear Creek

  • Clear Creek High School
  • Mc Whirter Elementary
  • Stewart Elementary
  • Stone Webster Engng Corp
  • Webster Intermediate

Clear Lake

  • Celanese
  • Nasa
  • Nasa Manual Spacecraft
  • University of Houston

College Station

  • A & M University
  • Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas
  • Texas A&M University

Colorado City

  • Col-Tex Refining Company
  • Morgan Creek Power Plant
  • Texaco Oil
  • Texas Electric Service Company
  • Txu Corporation

Conroe

  • Columbia Carbon Plant
  • Entergy
  • Gasoline Plant Construction Corporation
  • Grogan Brothers
  • Gulf States Utilities Company
  • Jefferson Chemical Company
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America
  • Superior Oil
  • Tidewater Pipe Line Company

Corpus Christie

  • Coastal Refining

Corsicana

  • American Rock Wool Corp
  • Collins Middle School
  • Corsicana Power and Light Company
  • Corsiciana Gas and Electric Company
  • Fire Engineers Inc
  • Kent Middleton Refining Company
  • Wolf Brand Products Company

Denison

  • Ag Processing, Inc
  • Coldstream Products Company
  • Conway Oil Company
  • Katy Industries
  • Safeway Stores, Inc.
  • Wj Smith Wood Preserving Company

Denton

  • City of Denton - Municipal Generating Station
  • College of Industrial Arts
  • Community Food Room
  • Denton Power Plant
  • Municipal Power Plant

Diboll

  • Precision Insulation
  • Southern Pines Saw Mill
  • Temple Eastex Incorporated
  • Temple Industries
  • Temple Inland Papermill

Dumas

  • American Zinc Smelter Plant
  • Cooper Bessemer
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Shamrock Company Oil Company
  • Shamrock Oil and Gas Company

Easton

  • Southwestern Electric Power Company - Knox Lee
  • Southwestern Gas & Electric Company

Edgewood

  • Amoco Production Company
  • Edgewood Plant
  • Pan American Gas Plant
  • Pan American Petroleum

Eldon

  • Houston Power & Light Company

Etter

  • Cactus Ordnance Plant
  • Phillips Chemical Company
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Spencer Chemical Company

Fort Hood

  • Fort Hood
  • Systek Flight Training

Fritch

  • Amarillo Oil Company
  • Continental Construction Corporation
  • Natural Gas Pipeline
  • Pioneer Gas Plant
  • Texoma Natural Gas Company
  • West Texas Gas Company

Grand Saline

  • Morten Salt Company
  • Southern Salt Company
  • Wilderspin and Martin

Greens Bayou

  • Armco Steel Mill
  • Diamond Alkali Chemical
  • Diamond Shamrock
  • Nyotex Chemical Div
  • Pennsalt Chemical Company
  • Reichhold Chemical Company

Greenville

  • Brown-Olds Plumbing & Heating
  • City of Greenville S.E. Plant
  • Greenville Electric Dept
  • Greenville Electric Utility System
  • Texas Aluminum Extrusion Plant

Gregory

  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Dow Chemical
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours
  • La Quinta Plant
  • Reynolds Metals Aluminum
  • Shermin Plant
  • Sherwin Alumina Lp

Groves

  • Atlantic Refining Company
  • Atlantic Richfield Oil Refinery
  • City Hall
  • Fina Oil & Chemical Plant
  • Phalen Tank & Boiler Service

Haskell

  • Paint Creek Power Station
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company
  • West Texas Utilities Company

Henderson

  • Anderson Hickey
  • H.B. Fountain Sheetmetal & Roofing
  • Henderson Clay Products Plant
  • Sinclair Oil and Gas Company

Huntsville

  • First Baptist Church
  • Huntsville State Teachers College
  • Sam Houston State Teachers Colledge
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Texas Dept of Corrections

Ingleside

  • Naval Station Ingleside
  • Reynolds Aluminum
  • Reynolds Metal Company
  • Uni Oil Inc.

Jefferson

  • Blackburn Syrup Works
  • Lake Bauter Powerhouse
  • Southwestern Electric Power Company
  • Wilkes Power Plant

Karnack

  • Longhorn Ordnance Works
  • Thiokol Chemical Corporation
  • Thiokol Plant
  • Universal Match

Katy

  • Exxon
  • Humble Oil & Refining Company

Kerrville

  • Griggs Health Center
  • Kerriville State Hospital
  • Kerrville Elementary School
  • Kerrville High School
  • Veteran's Affairs Hospital

Kilgore

  • Baker Hughes
  • Boraco Wax Company
  • E. Texas Salt Water Disposal Company
  • East Texas Salt Water
  • Hercules Gasoline Company
  • Kilgore Plumbing
  • Petrolite Corporation
  • Skelly Oil Refinery
  • Southport Petroleum Company

Killeen

  • Central Texas College
  • Fort Hood
  • Killeen Elementary School
  • Killeen Junior High School
  • Latter Day Saints Church
  • Main Fire Station

Kingsville

  • Celanese
  • Exxon Refinery
  • Humble Oil Refining Corporation
  • King Ranch Gasoline Plant
  • Texas Southern Electric Company

Lake Creek

  • Foster Wheeler Corporation
  • Superior Oil - Recycling Plant
  • Texas Power & Light Company
  • Txu Corporation

Laporte

  • Dupont Chemical Plant
  • E.I.Dupont Denemours
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Oxy Chemical Plant
  • Rohm & Haas Company
  • Tenneco Refinery
  • Usi Chemical Plant

LaPorte

  • Chemtron Chemicals
  • Tenneco Plant

Laredo

  • Central Power and Light Company
  • Empresas Longaria
  • La Pasada Motor Hotel
  • Laredo Air Force Base
  • Laredo Electric and Railway Company
  • Laredo Power Station Unit Number 3
  • Petroleos Mexicanos
  • Southwestern Engineering
  • Texas Miningsmelting Company

Lone Star

  • Aep Southwestern Electric Power
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Lone Star Steel Mill
  • Lone Star Technologies Inc
  • Lone Steel Company
  • Red River Army Depot
  • Reilly Tar & Chemical Company
  • Southwestern Electric Power Company
  • Textar Corporation

Mcallen

  • Crockett Elementary School
  • Hidalgo Company Water
  • Mcallen Public Utilites
  • Midalgo County Water
  • Travis Junior High

Mcgregor

  • Alliant Techsystems
  • Bluebonnet Ordnance Plant
  • Hercules Incorporated
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Rocket Fuels Div
  • Rocketdyne Division

McGregor

  • McAx Corporation

Mckinney

  • Dallas and Sherman Interurban Railroad
  • Doty High School
  • Lone Star Cotton Mill
  • Texas Power & Light Company
  • Texas Textile Mills

McKinney

  • Steel Resource

Mesquite

  • Administration Building 405 E.David
  • Lake Hubbard Steam Plant
  • Luminant-Lake Hubbard Ses
  • North Mesquite High
  • Texas Utilities Company
  • Txu Electric Company

Midlothian

  • TXI Chaparral

Mineral Wells

  • Baker Hotel
  • Crazy Well Hotel
  • Mineral Wells Electric Light Power and H. Company
  • Mineral Wells Ice Plant
  • Perry Equipment
  • R. W. Miller Power Plant

Mission

  • Aep Texas Central Company
  • Bates Steam Plant
  • Central Power & Light Company
  • Jl Bates Power Plant
  • Valley Reservoir and Canal Company

Mont Belvieu

  • Dynegy Midstream Services Lp
  • Exxon Chemical Company
  • Exxon Mobil Oil Corp
  • Mount Belview Plastic Plant
  • Targa Midstream Services
  • Warren Petroleum Corp

Mount Pleasant

  • Luminant-Monticello Ses
  • Monticello Steam Plant
  • Raymond International
  • Texas Utilities Company
  • Txu Electric Company

North Abilene

  • Phillips Pride Refining

North Seadrift

  • Carbide & Carbon Chemical
  • National Starch & Chemical Company
  • Union Carbide Chemical Company

Old Ocean

  • American Oil
  • Amoco Gas Production Plant
  • British Petroleum
  • Pan American Oil
  • Phillips 66 Oil Refinery
  • Phillips Petroleum Refinery Plant

Palestine

  • Calhoun Packing Company
  • Glass Containers Corp
  • Knox Glass
  • Knox Glass Bottle Company
  • Palestine Electric Light Company
  • Texas Power and Light Company

Pampa

  • Cabot Carbon Corporation
  • Celanese Chemical Company
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Forrest E. Gilmore Company of Texas
  • Hoechst Celanese
  • Portland Gasoline Company
  • Skelly Oil Company
  • Williams Natural Gas

Paris

  • Babcock & Wilcox Company
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Cummer Manufactruing Company
  • Mccuistion Hospital
  • Southern Ice and Utilities Company
  • St. Joseph Hospital

Pearland

  • Coastal Forge & Steel Company
  • J.D. Keenshan Company
  • Replacement Parts Company
  • Stanolind Oil and Gas Company
  • Taylor Forge Inc.

Pittsburg

  • Aep, Welsh Power Plant
  • Southwestern Electric Power Company
  • Welsh Generator Station
  • Welsh Power Plant
  • Welsh Steam Plant

Plainview

  • Best Fertilizer
  • Best Fertilizers Company
  • Plainview Cotton Oil Company
  • Technit
  • Texas New Mexico Utilities Company
  • West Texas Industries, Inc

Point Comfort

  • Alcoa Aluminum
  • Alumina Refinery
  • Central Power and Light Company
  • DuPont
  • Es Joslin Power Station
  • Joslin Steam Plant Unit 1
  • Point Comfort Operations
  • Texas Aluminum Plant

Port Adams

  • Port Adams Shipyard

Port Lavaca

  • Alcoa
  • Dow Chemical
  • Port Lavaca Ice, Light and Power Company
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Seadrift Plant
  • Travis Middle School
  • Union Carbide Chemical Plant

Richmond

  • Houston Lighting and Power Company
  • Metro Waterworks, Inc.
  • Mkm Valve Division
  • Reliant Energy
  • Richmond Foundry
  • Standard Oil
  • Wa Parish Generating Station
  • Wkm Foundry
  • WKM Valve Division

Rockdale

  • Alcoa Aluminum
  • Alcoa Rockdale
  • Aluminum Plant
  • Industrial Generating Company
  • Texas Power & Light Company

Rosenberg

  • Bowie Elementary
  • Calag Company Inc.
  • Gulf States Tube Plant
  • Houston Light &Power
  • Parrish Station
  • Standard Sulphur Company

Rusk

  • Board For Texas State Hosp and Schools
  • Rusk State Hospital
  • Stryker Creek Power Plant
  • Texas Penetentiary
  • Texas Utilities Generating Company

San Benito

  • Cabaza Junior High
  • Central Power & Light
  • Intermittent Vacuum Pre Cooling Company
  • La Palma Power Station
  • San Benito Land Water Company
  • Texas Central Power Company
  • Valley Electric and Ice Company

San Leon

  • Houston Lighting & Power
  • Robinson Generating Station

Savoy

  • Luminant-Valley Ses
  • Texas Power & Light
  • Texas Utilities Company
  • Txu Corporation
  • Txu Electric Company
  • Valley Steam Electric Station

Seabrook

  • Baytank Incorporated
  • Odfjell Terminals Lp
  • Southwest Chemical and Plastics Plant

Seadrift

  • Carbide & Carbon Chemical
  • Dow Chemical
  • Gaf Corporation
  • National Starch and Chemical Company
  • Olefins Division
  • Union Carbide Chemical Plant

Sheldon

  • Abitibi Consolidated Paper Mill
  • Champion International
  • Champion Paper
  • Houston Plant
  • Southern Paper Mills Inc
  • Southland Paper Mills, Inc.

Smithers Lake

  • Houston Lighting & Power Company

South Houston

  • Campbells Industrial & Commercial Ins.
  • Dumont Siding
  • J.W. Leavesley & Sons
  • Leavesley Industries
  • Mccollum Joseph Company
  • United Carbon Company

Strang

  • E I Du Pont De Nemours Company
  • Houston Lighting & Power Company
  • Sam Bertron Plant

Sugar Land

  • E.H. Cunningham Company
  • Floor Engineers
  • Imperial Sugar Plant
  • Nalco Chemical Plant

Sulphur Springs

  • A.P. Green Fire Brick Company
  • A.P. Green Refractory
  • Borden Inc
  • Carnation Company
  • National Guard Armory
  • Rockwell Manufacturing Company

Sunray

  • Continental Carbon Company
  • Diamond Shamrock Corporation
  • Mckee Plant
  • Panhandle Power & Light Company
  • Shamrock Oil & Gas Corporation
  • Ultramar Diamond
  • Ultramar Diamond Shamrock
  • Valero Mckee Refinery

Sweeney

  • Amoco Production Company
  • J.S. Abercrombie Company
  • Old Ocean Refinery
  • Pan American Refining
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Standard Oil

Sweeny

  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • Conocophillips
  • Pan Am Petroleum
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Sweeny Refinery

Terrell

  • National Gas Equipment Company
  • North Texas Insane Asylum
  • Terrell State Hospital
  • Texas Midland Railroad Company

Thompsons

  • Houston Lighting & Power Company
  • Nrg Texas Power Llc
  • Reliant Energy Inc

Trinidad

  • Lone Star Gas Company
  • Phoenix Utility Company
  • Texas Construction Company
  • Texas Power & Light Company
  • Texas Utilities Company
  • Trinidad S. E. Station Tex
  • Txu Electric Company

Velasco

  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Westinghouse Church Kerr and Company

Waskom

  • Arkansas Fuel Oil Company
  • Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company
  • Arkla Energy Resources
  • Fabsteel
  • Tri-State Brick & Tile Company
  • Waskom Fabrication Company

Waxahachie

  • Larkin Packer Company Inc
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass Corp
  • Tyler Refrigeration Company
  • Western Electric Company
  • Wintergarden Ornam Nurse

Weatherford

  • Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.
  • Gulf Refinery
  • North Texas Generating Lake Weatherford Plant
  • North Texas Steam Plant
  • Standard Asbestos Manufacturing & Insulating Company
  • Star Insulation
  • Weatherford Lake Power Plant

Webster

  • Houston Lighting & Power Company
  • Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation
  • Reliant Energy Hlandp
  • Webster Power Plant
  • Webster School

West Port Arthur

  • Clark Refining
  • Gulf Oil Corporation
  • Gulf Refining Company
  • Port Arthur Refinery

Wharton

  • Brooking Hall
  • Calag Company Inc.
  • Frankie Hall
  • J.R. Peace Technical-Vocational
  • J.W. Hodges Library
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America
  • Science Building

Wichita Falls

  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply Corporation
  • Aviation Mechanics School
  • Bailey Meissner Company
  • Katy Team Track
  • Midwestern University
  • Rusty Cunningham Plumbing
  • Sears Roebuck Shopping Center
  • Sheppard Air Force Base

Willis

  • Brown & Root
  • Entergy Corp
  • Entergy Gulf States Inc
  • Entergy Lewis Creek Plant
  • Lewis Creek Power Plant

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