Just one day after an explosion and fire that injured 37 at the ExxonMobil Baytown facility, the Harris County Attorney’s Office filed a lawsuit against the oil giant, according to a filing in the 190th District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Harris County said ExxonMobil violated the Texas Clean Air Act when its Olefins Plant released “unauthorized emissions into the atmosphere.”

The lawsuit seeks injunctions forbidding Exxon Mobil from continuing the violations.

Flames and smoke rise from the ExxonMobil complex in Baytown, Texas.
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The injuries were minor, first-degree burns, Jason Duncan, plant manager said in a news conference hours after the explosion.

The cause of the fire, which began shortly after 11 a.m., remains unknown, but ExxonMobil officials said it began in an area used to purify the chemical propylene, which is used as a fuel and in making plastics.

This is the second filing by Harris County against ExxonMobil – the other alleged environmental violations from a March fire at the Baytown facility.

Thursday’s lawsuit is the Harris County attorney’s office’s first use of its newfound authority to file such lawsuits without the approval of Commissioners Court. Commissioners granted the office this power on April 30.

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