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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #No LDEQ Number Available
State Police #14-01168
Accident Date2014-03-14
Report Date 2014-03-21
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
Diesel Fuel3mcrude terminal dockNONOYES0.1 gallons

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

On Friday, March 14, 2014, at approximately 1707 hours, Chalmette Refinery personnel observed a small visible sheen at the crude terminal dock from utility pump G-2907. A small leak developed on G-2907 and was leaking into the containment area beneath the pump. A small hole had developed in the containment area allowing a small amount of diesel to leak into the river.

Discharge Preventable - Yes

Inspection data less than adequate to provide early indication of the containment failure.

Notes/Remedial Actions

After isolating the leak operators used absorbent pads to remove hydrocarbons from the pan and deployed initial containment boom into the river. USES were utilized to clean the affected decking and pilings, collected the sheen, and removed the boom. The catch pan below G-2907 will be repaired or replaced.