Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) Deer Park Facility Tank Fire

State TrusteeState of Texas
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
Federal TrusteeFish and Wildlife Service
AO Bureau

Also Known As

2nd 80’s Tank Fire

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Case Status



The ITC Deer Park Terminal is located in east Houston at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River. Numerous bayous and rivers in the vicinity, including Tucker Bayou, Buffalo Bayou, Carpenters Bayou, the Old San Jacinto River, the Houston Ship Channel, and Santa Anna Bayou.


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species

Case Description

The fire began on March 17, 2019, and continued to burn at the facility until it was initially extinguished on March 20, 2019. On Friday, March 22, 2019, the fire reignited, and damage to the secondary containment for the 80’s tank battery caused a catastrophic breach, releasing an estimated 470,000-523,000 barrels of a mixture of fire water, firefighting aqueous film forming foams (AFFF), and remaining benzene, ethylbenzene, naphtha, xylene, toluene, pyrolysis gas (pygas) and other refined base oils from the storage tanks were released into Tucker Bayou and adjacent waters, sediments, and habitats (Releases). Releases flowed into Buffalo Bayou and were carried out by stream flow and tides into the San Jacinto River, Houston Ship Channel, Carpenters Bayou, Old River, Santa Ana Bayou, and surrounding water bodies (collectively, the Site).

Damaged tanks at the ITC Deer Park facility on March 27, 2019 , Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Johanna Strickland

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Case Contact

Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office

Corpus Christi, TX | (361) 994-9005 |

Case Trustees

AO Bureau
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
Federal TrusteeFish and Wildlife Service
State TrusteeState of Texas

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