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CEO apologizes for fire at Texas petrochemical tank facility

In a Wednesday, March 20, 2019 photo, maritime traffic moves through the Houston Ship Chanel past the site of now-extinguished petrochemical tank fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas. Air quality and water pollution from the fire's runoff, seen on the right, into the ship channel are some of the concerns in the aftermath of the blaze. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
March 28, 2019 - 8:28 AM

HOUSTON - The chief executive of a Houston-area petrochemical storage company has apologized more than a week after a fire erupted, causing school closures , an order for residents to stay indoors and the partial closure of a critical commercial waterway.

Intercontinental Terminals Company CEO Bernt Netland said in a brief video posted Wednesday to YouTube that he's "very sorry" for the fire's effect on the area southeast of Houston.

Also Wednesday, Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia called Netland and other senior ITC executives "cowardly" for not being more visible and transparent in the aftermath of the dayslong fire that began March 17. Garcia's district includes the tank farm in Deer Park.

All of the Houston Ship Channel was reopened to daytime traffic Wednesday after flammable chemicals seeped into the busy channel.

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