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Calcasieu Refining (3585), Lake Charles

Causal Factor: Human Factors

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source(s) Notes Amount of Release

#1 Calcasieu Refining dock
Cause: Crude oil was released when a loading arm for a barge was not properly drained.


Notes: The majority of the oil was collected by a environmental clean up group; there was no remaining obvious impact of oil found. All crude oil found from the water surface was returned to the crude oil tank
Crude Oil: 84.0 gallons

No Information Given
Cause: Vacuum gas discharged onto the deck of barge due to overfilling a compartment on the barge during a transfer operation.

Followup: YES

Notes: Barge cleaned up, no oil reached body of water. Verbal Report made but no written report from refinery.
Oil: 42.0 gallons

Gonsoulin 304 Barge
Cause: Tankerman incorrectly lined up the valves on the barge prior to starting the crude oil transfer pumps. Pumped from the outside barge to the inside barge instead of the crude oil tanks, causing the Gonsoulin 304 barge to overflow into the water causing an oil spill.

Followup: No

Notes: Two oil spill response boats and containment boom deployed to clean up spill. Sorbent booms and pads recovered crude oil.
Crude Oil: 168.0 gallons