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Location DB > United States > Texas > Mt Pleasant > The Gasoline Refinery
The Gasoline Refinery
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created by Explorer Zero on 12/22/2005 5:03 AM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 9/4/2014 3:05 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A comparitively small petroleum refinery on the outskirts of a small Texas town. Dozens of buildings, a complete nearly intact refinery apparatus and a dozen or so storage tanks situated on an active rail line. And it is next door to an active petroleum terminal on one side, an active residential neighborhood on another.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: - select -
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Mt Pleasant, Texas
United States
Owner: xxxx xxxxxxxxxxx
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • air quality
  • You got your benzene, pyrene, chrysene, flouranthene, cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury just to name a few
  •  Interesting Features
    Big towers, big tanks and fumes, lots of fumes.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • Some half assed security patrol on ATVs and maybe a part time caretaker next door
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1936
    Closed: 1984
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Good health coverage
    This small independant refinery produced gasoline, diesel and asphalt from 1936 until 1984 when it closed. It was sold in 2000 but then closed when environmental issues were reported. The new owner promptly filed for bankruptcy then apparently abandoned the property. Probably due to residual environmental issues and the threat of continued liability.

    The property is now idle and deteriorating. Asbestos insulated pipes are shedding fibers every time the wind blows. Public hearings are being held to determine just how much taxpayers will have to spend to clean it up. See partial list of hazards. Asbestos didnt even make the states lengthy list of recognized contaminants at this site.

    UPDATE: NOV 2008 location is now occupied and active parking lot is full and several uniformed security were observed at the gate. It may just be a clean up operation its doubtful any gasoline is being cooked here.

    UPDATE: Well, its gone. See demolition video under web links.
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     Future Plans
    a Superfunded (at the taxpayers expense) clean up
    DEA rides at dusk
    Wed, Dec 21st, 2005
    posted by Explorer Zero

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    Thu, Dec 22nd, 2005
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    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 9/6/2014 11:26 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Sep 6 14 at 23:26, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Sep 4 14 at 3:11, Explorer Zero updated a story
  • on Sep 4 14 at 3:09, Explorer Zero updated a story
  • on Sep 4 14 at 3:05, Explorer Zero changed the following: Hazards
  • on Sep 4 14 at 3:03, Explorer Zero changed the following: History, Hazards, Interesting Features, Security Measures, Recommended Equipment, Description
  • on Sep 4 14 at 2:55, Explorer Zero updated the main picture
  • on Sep 4 14 at 2:49, Explorer Zero changed the following: Notes for Mods, Latitude, Longitude, History, Status, Accessibility, Web Links
  • on May 26 14 at 3:27, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 8 14 at 23:19, Explorer Zero made this location public
  • on Mar 8 14 at 23:18, Explorer Zero updated a story
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