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Calumet Lubricants 8 (1214), Shreveport

Causal Factor: Human Factors

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

Slop water tank at Brown Station
Cause: Slop water tank at Brown station overflowed with crude and water spilling to the ground. Cause: Air bleeder valve left open - presumed to be a human factor since a valve was left open.

Followup: No

Notes: Closed bleeder valve, put out absorbent pads and booms to contain spill, plan was to vac truck oil to recycle tank, excavate soil and remove to landfill.
Crude Paraffinic: 462.0 gallons

Sewer system - east separator pump
Cause: Discharge pumps were not turned on when oil level got high.

Followup: No

Notes: Started the sump pumps, boomed ditch and vac trucked oil to recycle tank. Soil was removed and disposed.
Mixed Oil Products: 1,260.0 gallons

Loading Pipe
Cause: Loading draw left open and product spilled during transfer

Followup: No

Notes: Draw was shut, vacuum truck cleaned up spill, soil to be remediate
Fuel: 210.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: A driver left a fill valve open at the company gas fueling tank

Followup: No

Notes: Vacuum truck cleaned it up, soil to be remediate
Gasoline: 500.0 gallons

Tank 107

Followup: No

Notes: While cleaning up an old asphalt spill, workers broke regulator on the natural gas supply going to the heater on the tank.
Asphalt: 5.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: : Sour water tank caught on fire while vac trucks were removing residual oil from an open manway. The truck engine ignited vapors which caused an explosion and fire. Calumet policy on truck entry into the dike wall was not followed.

Followup: No

Notes: Fire extinguished. Dark smoke from the refinery for two hours.
Sulfur Dioxide: 50.0 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide: 50.0 pounds

Tank 32
Cause: Tank overfilled

Followup: No

Notes: Vacuum truck and removal of the contaminated soil
Naphtha: 420.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: Operations overflowed T-31 via tank flame arrestors.

Followup: No

Notes: Stopped flow and brought in vacuum trucks. Removed affected soil to remediation slab. Cause was listed as unknown.
Isomerate: 3,150.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: Tank 92 fire inside the tank. Black smoke was visible. 5 to 8 feet of hard pin asphalt was being heated in order to transfer from damaged tank. Fire occurred because heater tubes were exposed from asphalt due to low product level in tank.

Followup: No

Notes: Extinguished fire.

Asphalt: 1,000.0 pounds

Cause: Sour crude heater exploded splitting the heater on two sides. The heater was being restarted as a result of a power failure the previous night. Cause is operations problems.

Followup: Yes

Notes: secured area


Bleeder Valve
Cause: LDEQ states that a bleeder valve was left open, causing a flange leak near tank 50.

Followup: No

Notes: Vacuum trucks removed the onsite floating crude oil. RPR was onsite to excavate the soil. Contaminated soil was hauled to an onsite concrete slab until testing can be done. Soil was then hauled to Woolworth Landfill. Dike wall drain was closed, so the oil remained in the area. PHOTOS included in report. LDEQ report and FIF only. No refinery letter.
Crude Oil: 210.0 gallons

Ball Valve
Cause: LDEQ states that a ball valve was left open and released 150 barrels of mixed lube oil products.

Followup: No

Notes: RQ: RPR excavated the contaminated soil, and the soil was hauled to an onsite concrete pad for testing. The soil will then go to the Woolworth Landfill. The dike drain was closed, so the oil product remained in the area of tank 56. Photos were taken. LDEQ report and FIF only. No refinery letter.
Mixed Oil Products: 6,300.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: While placing tank in service (circulating), operator left bleeder valve open on 700 viscosity lube stock line near tank that released the finished product to soil.

Followup: No

Notes: The facility immediately closed bleeder and began to vacuum spill and remediated soil. The RQ for lube oil is 1 barrel. This event released 7 barrels.
Lube Oil: 294.0 gallons

Cause: A 15 gallon spill of Calpro 60 occurred when a pump was not shut off in time while the company was loading, and the trailer overfilled.

Followup: No

Notes: Calpro 60 is 50% naphthenic hydrotreated distillates and 50% hydrotreated light parraffinic distillates. It is a nonhazardous substance. 15 gallons of Calpro were discharged to asphalt and did not impact a water body. The spill was cleaned with a sand absorbent. MSDS for Calpro is provided. LABB could not locate a letter from the refinery documenting the accident.
Calpro 60: 15.0 gallons

Tank 44

Cause: Tank 44 was filled beyond emergency high alarm level causing gasoline to overflow. SPOC states there were two overflow spills, from Tank 44 and Tank 61.

Followup: No

Notes: Tank flows were shut down. Foam was spread over the spilled area. Called emergency response contractors. SPOC report states 100 bbl of gasoline was released, verbal report states 50-75 bbl, field interview form states approximately 50.75 bbl, refinery written report states 75 bbl. LABB has reported the refinery's stated 75 bbl. Written report has a discrepancy on the date started/ended, stating the incident date was 9/4/2012. Gulf States Environmental Laboratories analytical results attached. Lab report states that a benzene total of 0.41 mg/kg was in the soil sample and that 0.10 mg/kg is the reportable quantity for this pollutant. Similar circumstances with other VOCs in the soil sample lab report. Also reports arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, selenium, mercury, silver, and zinc as mg/L.
Gasoline: 3,150.0 gallons


barrels at the rail car unloading station
Cause: A tank at the rail car unloading station was pressurized and the hatch was not secure. 2 barrels of yellow crude oil was released.

Followup: No

Notes: The crude oil and impacted rock were removed. The impacted rock was placed in a container to be disposed with other waste. It was determined that the crude oil did not leave the site and did not impact any water source. There are photos attached to the file. There is no Incident Report or SPOC report attached to the file. The refinery letter included is not the correct letter.
Crude Oil: 84.0 gallons

FLARE: Flare #2
Cause: Workers were purging hot air treater with gas and the compressor could not handle the amount. SO2 was released from flare #2.

Followup: Yes

Notes: There are no remedial actions listed in the report. This file does not contain an Incident report, LDEQ report, or SPOC report. The only form is the field interview form. Release over 500lbs not reported within 24 hours. Investigation occurred on 2/14/12 LDEQ report as of 2/14/2012. Facility representaive state he didnt know it was over 500 lb RQ until Monday.
Sulfur Dioxide: 1,462.0 pounds

Tank Farm
Cause: A release of diesel fuel occurred at the refinery on December 15th. Failure of charge pump seal released diesel fluid. Spill of approximately 10 barrels of diesel fuel at 50tk when charge pump developed a seal leak. Product in containment basin and down drainage ditch to first storm water pond.

Followup: No

Notes: Shut down charge pump. Begin removing free product and digging up contaminated soil. A summary of remediation activity was submitted by Calumeto n 12/11/14. Fro that report: Following removal of free product, an initial soil excavation was performed at the site to removed contaminated soil. Samples were taken for total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) fractions. TPH sample results indicated one area with unacceptable concentrations. To address the remaining contaminated area (the southeast portion of the diked area), a plan was developed to bio-remediate the soil. This plan was forwarded to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). The soil was removed from the site and treated with the bio-remediation product. An underground sewer line was found to be leaking into the area; the line was repaired to avoid continued contamination. Additional samples were pulled and tested from the treated soil and the area from which the soil was removed. The excavated soil will be returned to the site of contamination. The area will be returned to normal service.
Fuel: 420.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: A release of 3 barrels of Kerosene to Oil due to and open Bleeder valve left open on kerosene line.

Followup: No

Notes: Removed free liquids, remediated contaminated soils.
Kerosene: 126.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: On August 29, 2013, there was a release of crude oil at the rail car unloading facility. The spill was approximately 5 barrels of crude oil.

Followup: No

Notes: Shut down unloading operations and valve off. Affected area excavated. Soil to be properly disposed of.
Crude Oil: 210.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: On May 1, 2013, 700 viscosity lube oil from a rail car on the east side of the refinery was spilled due to the overfilling of a tanker car during loading operations. Release impacted an area of 150 ft long and 40 ft wide. The release migrated to Calumet process drains which are treated at the waste water plant. The release stayed on-site and did not leave the facility or enter a waterbody.

Followup: No

Notes: Immediate corrective action was to isolate loading line to stop flow of oil into the tanker car. Specific remedial action was to clean up free oil and start soil remediation. Hill Services was on-site and contracted to perform the clean-up. Free standing liquid (oil) and affected gravel was removed via vacuum truck. From May 1, 2013 to May 14, 2013, the free liquids in the affected area was removed via vacuum truck twice. Final attempt for clean-up was to remove the affected gravel via bobcat equipment and replaced the area with new gravel. All waste generated from clean-up was stored on-site at the non-hazardous holding area that will be disposed at Woolworth Landfill.
Lube Oil: 420.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: Operator opened the dome lid while belly valve was open on rail car, causing the spill of about 2 barrels (84 US gallons) of Utah Yellow Crude Oil onto the ground. The duration of the spill lasted for approximately 4.25 hours between 3:00AM and 7:15AM.

Followup: No

Notes: The belly valve was closed to prevent any further loss.
Crude Oil: 84.0 gallons

Loading Rack-lube
Cause: Spill of approximately 500 lbs of waxy crude at the East Rail Unloading area due to valves left open on unloading manifold.

Followup: No

Notes: Vacuum up free pro ducted that can't be recovered in process system and excavate contaminated soil for disposal. Manifested waste will disposed of in Woolworth Landfill pending test results. Estimated 800 cubic yards of material will be generated. Release value is unclear from reports. It is stated as 500 pounds in one part of the 7 day letter, and 500 barrels (21,000 pounds) in another part.
Crude Paraffinic: 500.0 pounds

East Rail Car Area, Tank Farm
Cause: Investigator stated an operator was loading a rail car and overfilled it causing lube oil to spill to the ground. Approximately 4 barrels of 700 viscosity lubricating oil was released to the ground at the east side of the refinery on 1/3/14 at 9:15. The release impacted an area of 75 ft long and 15 ft wide. The release traveled south of the loading area to Calumet process drains which get treated at their wastewater treatment plant. Answer to "Which applicable Reportable Quantity limits were exceeded?" is left blank in report.

Followup: No

Notes: Hill Services was contracted for the clean-up on 1/3/14. Free liquids were removed via vacuum truck and recycled back into a slop tank for reprocessing. No waste was generated from this incident. Investigator stated that due to the nature of the sub-surface of the affected area, no confirmatory sampling will be collected. At the time of the inspection, the 700 viscosity lube oil product was noted to float in-between the gravel at the east rail car area. Site will be forwarded to remediation. Stopped filling operations and contain spill. Removed product and contaminated gravel. Any waste generated will be hauled to Woolworth Landfill under manifest.
Lube Oil: 168.0 gallons