CSB Deploys Investigators to the Scene of Mississippi Gas Plant Explosion and Fire

U.S. Chemical Safety Board, June 29, 2016

An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an explosion and fire at the Enterprises Product Partners - a gas processing plant in Pascagoula, MS. The investigative team will be led by Investigator in Charge Cheryl MacKenzie and will be accompanied by Board Member Kristen Kulinowski – who will serve as the board’s primary spokesperson – the team is expected to arrive in Mississippi tomorrow afternoon.

According to initial media reports there were no injuries, but several large fires burned throughout the night.

CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said, “The CSB’s investigations examine a wide range of safety issues such as effective process safety management and equipment failures. Our investigations aim to improve the safety of workers and the public.” 

About the Chemical Safety Board

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

For more information, contact Hillary Cohen at 202.446.8094 or via email at

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