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Calcasieu Refining (3585), Lake Charles

Causal Factor: Weather

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

No Information Given
Cause: Plant start-up, possible release. Hurricane Rita.


Notes: Incident source investigation finding is: "Hurricane Rita". Rita landfall at Johnson's Bayou was 9/24/05. There is no letter from the refinery - only the verbal report.


Cause: Spill caused by containers overflowing due to heavy rain. Fuel #5 discharged from outfall 001.

Followup: No

Notes: Outfall boomed and absorbent pads picked up product. No report from the refinery. Verbal report only.
#5 Fuel Oil: 10.0 gallons
No LDEQ Reported

Rainwater Sump
Cause: Due to excessive rainfall, the junction box over filled into the storm water drain. Sheen spotted flowing out of outfall 002.


Notes: Oil cleaned up under US Coast Guard observation. Absorbent booms placed near the junction box and near Outfall 002 and 001.
Crude Oil: 1.0 gallons

Cause: Rainbow colored sheen on the Calcasieu River near refinery dock after Hurricane Ike

Followup: Yes

Notes: Verbal report was made but no written report followed. Sheen is of unknown origin and cause.


Oil Water System
Cause: After a heavy rainfall the sewer backed up causing the oil water system to overflow. Crude oil overflowed out of the process units and was released out of the outfall and into the river resulting in a rainbow sheen. Approximately 5 gallons of crude oil was released into containment and 0.5 gallons were released into the Calcasieu River before the valve for the outfall was turned off. A vacuum truck picked up the oil in the containment area.

Followup: No

Notes: The report states that it is unknown if the water supply is contaminated and it does not mention how the river water was cleaned. Nor is there a duration given.
Crude Oil: 5.0 gallons