5 things for Houstonians to know for Monday, Dec. 7

7 injured in oil storage tank explosion at Magellan plant in Corpus Christi, firefighters say
7 injured in oil storage tank explosion at Magellan plant in Corpus Christi, firefighters say

Here are things to know for Monday, Dec. 7

1. Storage tank explosion at Texas petroleum facility injures 7

Seven contractors were injured, four critically, when a storage tank at a petroleum facility in Texas exploded after catching fire Saturday morning, according to fire officials.

The fire began about 10 a.m. near a crude oil storage tank in Corpus Christi that was being cleaned and inspected, said Mark Calhoun, operations manager for Magellan Midstream Partners.

“As far as the cause, we don’t really know just yet what happened, what caused the fire,” Calhoun said. “We will absolutely fully cooperate with the investigation ... and Magellan will also complete a thorough internal investigation as well.”

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2. Lawmakers say COVID-19 relief bill won’t offer $1,200 checks

With time running out, lawmakers on Sunday closed in on a proposed COVID-19 relief bill that would provide roughly $300 in extra federal weekly unemployment benefits but not another round of $1,200 in direct payments to most Americans, leaving that issue for President-elect Joe Biden to wrestle over with a new Congress next year.