Power outage results in safety flare at Valero refinery

At approximately 2:45 p.m., a suspected third-party power outage occurred along a portion of the Houston Ship Channel.

Due to operational conditions at Valero's Houston refinery, the plant has activated the siren system and the safety flare system, which safely burns off excess hydrocarbons.

At this time, Valero has little information as to the cause of the power outage. As a precaution, Valero is conducting air monitoring in the community.