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Valero (1238), Meraux

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #81927
State Police #05-06155
Accident Date2005-09-03
Report Date 2005-12-30
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: No

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Benzene61 days and 5 HoursTank 250-2NONOYES1,801.0 pounds
n-Hexane61 days and 5 HoursTank 250-2NONONO10,448.0 pounds
Cyclohexane61 days and 5 HoursTank 250-2NONOYES3,603.0 pounds
Ethylbenzene61 days and 5 HoursTank 250-2NONOYES1,441.0 pounds
Toluene61 days and 5 HoursTank 250-2NONONO4,683.0 pounds
Xylene61 days and 5 HoursTank 250-2NONONO7,205.0 pounds
Oil61 d 5 hTank 250-2NONONO1,049,706.0 gallons

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Weather

STORM: The water pushed the tank from its foundation. Refinery report states that 17,962 barrels of oil were recovered from the spilled tank, with approximately 7,031 barrels lost to atmosphere via evaporation.

Discharge Preventable - No

The flooding from Hurricane Katrina was an extraordinary and unpredictable event.

Notes/Remedial Actions

RQ. Refinery letter states that all "visibly impacted" soil was removed for off-site disposal. "Murphy Oil continues to clean all neighboring properties, as determined by EPA-monitored sampling activities."