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Shell Chemical East (26336), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #152570
PDF AvailablePDF
State Police #13-05233
Accident Date2013-11-24
Report Date 2013-11-26
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
Carbon Monoxide4h 25mlevel control valve in the de-methanizer systemNOYESNOBRQ
Ethylene4h 25mlevel control valve in the de-methanizer systemNONOYESBRQ
Hydrogen4h 25mlevel control valve in the de-methanizer systemNONONOBRQ
Methane4h 25mlevel control valveYESNOYESBRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)4h 25mlevel control valve in the de-methanizer systemNONOYESBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

On November 24, 2013, Shell Chemical's OL-5 operations discovered a packing leak on a level control valve in the de-methanizer system of the OL-5 Process Unit.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

Operations took immediate action to mitigate the leak and have repairs made to the valve.