UPDATE 7/26/16 9am I just got off the phone with TCEQ and filed a formal complaint about my nosebleed and being worried this exposure event may trigger future nosebleeds. I was told I was the only one who called this in and as of this morning no other complaints have been filed on the Pasadena upset/plume releases of 7/25/16 following the bad weather event. I did contact the refinery on line and posted my blog and told them this caused my nosebleed. More people need to call TCEQ (not that they can come out right away and do an air test) –end update—
Having driven through bad weather, we drove up to the Super 8 motel at 5550 Homestead in Houston around 4:20 pm on July 25, 2016 into what looked and smelled like fireworks fallout that linger from hell.
Our parking lot at the motel was enveloped in a cloud of sulfur smelling acrid air. My husband said you didn’t notice that black plume of smoke behind the dark rain clouds during the rain storm driving to the motel?
I made two trips to the room gathering my luggage from my car, on my second trip I noticed my nose dripping and wiped my nose with my white tee shirt. With the third drip and convenient tee shirt wipe, I was inside the room and staring in the mirror in awe of a nose bleed and caught my “ah ha” moment of what exactly caused “this” nose bleed.
I called the front desk of the motel who called me back admitting something indeed was going on outside. I called TCEQ (who had no refinery upset reports and would come out tomorrow and investigate), and I called 911 for faster service in finding out what we were breathing. By the time the fire department arrived the smoke had cleared; they mentioned that there was a fire about 20 miles away but did not say it was refinery related.
This morning I found out that indeed there was a refinery release at the Pasadena refinery 8 miles away.
https://www.facebook.com/KPRC2/videos/vb.110260895670639/1368197616543621/?type=2&theater Here is a snap shot…..
My husband said the winds were coming from the south, southeast and so here is a map of the motel in proximity to the refinery…
So now I wonder if I will have more nose bleeds like the chronic ones of 2015 following the addition of two lift compressors near my home in Arlington by the ATT Stadium. In December 2015, I had to have an emergency nasal cauterization and it worked….. until my trip to Houston.