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Phillips 66 (2538), Lake Charles

Causal Factor: Weather

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

Tank 91
Cause: STORM-as a result of Hurricane Rita, a sample draw on the tank was broken, which leaked crude oil out of the tank. The release was contained within the dike wall.

Followup: No

Notes: Refinery indicated onto their letter to LDEQ that removal of the free product has been completed and removal of oily debris was underway.
Slurry Oil: 2,100.0 gallons

Cause: Incident due to unit start-up following Hurricane Rita.

Followup: No

Notes: release ended once FCC start-up was completed. Notice made as courtesy only. No reportable limits for Carbon Monoxide and the exceedance will be reported on refinery's quarterly New Source Performance Standards/Best Available Control Technology Report.
No Information Analy

FLARE (North Flare Area A EP-64)
Cause: combustion of gases from start up of refinery units following Hurricane Rita.

Followup: No

Notes: During the flaring period, unit operators were making the necessary adjustments to provide an adequate amount of gas at the compressor suction and the line our C-3301 compressor. The release ended upon completion of start up of process units in Area A.
Sulfur Dioxide: 1,008.0 pounds

None Reported
Cause: explosion of the firebox in H-46 during the startup of the No. 2 Crude Unit following Hurricane Rita. The explosion occurred when excess air was admitted to a fuel rich environment in the firebox.

Followup: No

Notes: No loss of containment occurred from the heater tubes and no fire resulted from the event, consequently there were no excess emission of Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxide, Volatile organic Compounds. Incident under investigation. Heater is being dismantl

Boiler B-76001(EP-109)
Cause: Instrument failure. During startup of the boiler, the positioned for the flue gas recirculation damper failed, resulting in excess emissions of Nitrogen Oxide. The positioned is believed to have been damaged by Hurricane Rita.

Followup: No

Notes: A replacement for the positioned was ordered, delivered and installed by the end of the day.
Nitrogen Oxide: 203.0 pounds

None Reported
Cause: STORM-as a result of Hurricane Rita a nipple on a circulation line was broken, which released slurry oil to secondary containment.

Followup: No

Notes: Refinery indicated in their letter that removal of the free product was expected to be completed as of the date that their letter was sent, and an evaluation of the earthen dike would follow.

No Information Provided
Tank 84 (T-84)
Cause: STORMS-leak in the flange that formed due to hurricane Rita.

Followup: No

Notes: No Information Provided
No Information Provi
Slurry Oil: 252,000.0 gallons

FLARE (North Flare EP-64)
Cause: release occurred due to shutdown of the refinery in preparation for Hurricane Rita.

Followup: No

Notes: In addition to the flaring from the North flare, there was possible visible flaring from the South and West Flares, however no excess emissions were noted from the South or West Flares. Refinery indicated that their hurricane shutdown plan will be upda
Sulfur Dioxide: 3,400.0 pounds
No LDEQ Reported

Outfall 030
Cause: STORMS-incident occurred due to rain storms on the previous evening; oily storm water discharged onto Bayou Verdine from Outfall 030.


Notes: Investigation is in progress to determine the root cause of the incident, and to make recommendation on ways to prevent future occurrences.
Oil: 1.0 gallons

FLARE (South Flare EP-31)
Cause: STORMS-Incident occurred as a result of a process upset at the FCC which occurred due to a heavy rainstorm.

Followup: No

Notes: Release ended once unit operators regained control of the process. Emissions not in excess of permit limits and no reportable quantities exceeded, therefore notice as courtesy.
Sulfur Dioxide: 9.0 pounds

FLARE (South Flare EP-31)
Cause: STORMS-Incident occurred as a result of an upset on the product fraction section of the FCC unit due to a rainstorm.

Followup: No

Notes: Release ended once unit operators regained control of the process after the rain subsided. Emissions were not in excess of permit limits and no reportable quantified were exceeded, therefore notification made as courtesy only
Sulfur Dioxide: 13.0 pounds

West Manifold Sump System
Cause: STORMS- overflow due to heavy rains

Followup: No

Notes: A written letter will follow up giving amount released.

Visible sheen
Cause: STORMS-heavy rains caused outfall 002 to flow

Followup: No

Notes: Report stated that a small amount of crude had been released and caused a sheen on the water. The sheen was going through Outfall #2 and booms were placed in water. Pumped water to fire pond. Installed sausage type absorbent booms


Stormwater System
Cause: STORMS-heavy rains caused overflow

Followup: No

Notes: Booms were deployed in bayou to cap any oily sheen

No LDEQ Reported

Area A tank manifold
Cause: -sump pump was changed from automatic to manual position ; heavy rains caused it to overflow

Followup: No

Notes: Operators should be trained to know when to contact leaders when sump pumps do not work. Evaluation will be conducted to determine what can be done to prevent recurrence.

Area D Docks
Cause: CP docks flooded as a result of storm surge leading to Oil on water

Followup: No

Notes: ES&H conducting post-hurricane rehabilitation efforts


Tank Farm
Cause: Hurricane Ike storm surge causes rain water to displace oil from Tank 308 oily water sump.

Followup: No

Notes: Hydrochem is remediating area. Oil was spilled on site after storm surge topped dike wall.
Oil: 210.0 gallons

Dock 2-B
Cause: Hurricane Gustav caused mixer seal problems at Tank 2001 and Tank 372 and caused oil to overflow the oily water sewer area. - shutdown related to Hurricane Gustav causes deactivation of a pump. Oil in sump displaced by heavy rai

Followup: No

Notes: DEQ report indicates that a notification from C-P has been requested; Enviro services company called out to contain spill and perform cleanup. Oil insufficient to recover. Verbal report indicates spill was 4 to 5 barrels.
Hydrocarbon: 210.0 gallons

West (Excel) Flare, North Flare
Cause: Hurricane Gustave - impending landfall of hurricane causes emergency shutdown of multiple process unit

Followup: No

Notes: Accordint to C-P, All reasonable steps taken to minimize emissions, air pollution control equipment, process equipmt and processes were at all times maintained and operated in a manner consistent with good practices for minimizing emissions. Letter provides rolling emissions rates but not emissons totals. Presumptive total (21324 lbs of SO2 released) calculated here by multiplying emissions rates and incident durations as listed in C-P letter dated 9/5/08. Follow-up letter from C-P indicates thherewas an instrument malfunction causing an incorrect assessment of SO2 emissions. Per this letter, no RQ's were exceede


Outfall 002 to Fabacher Ditch; Outfall 003; Outfall 004
Cause: heavy rain overwhelms emergency overflow pond.

Followup: No

Notes: Oily sewer throughout refinery backed up into process units. Oily pockets of runoff slide into ditch. Booms deployed to recover Oil. Marine Spill Response Corporation vessels dispatched as precautionary measure
Oil: 84.0 gallons
No LDEQ Reported

outfall 034
Cause: A heavy rainfall event overflowed an oil sump into outfall 034.

Followup: No

Notes: Oil was cleaned up
Oil: 1.0 gallons

#1 Fuel Dock Line and T-308 sump
Cause: Heavy rain caused residual oil entrained in the soil from a leak in #1 Fuel Oil Dock Line to cause sheen released from Outfall 006. Additionally, T-308 sump overflowed with diesel onsite in Area D.

Followup: No

Notes: NOTE: The originally submitted document on Match 21, 2009 had the wrong HAZMAT number. This was later corrected by a follow-up letter on March 26, 2009. However, the LDEQ number was not corrected. The sheen and the oil were cleaned up using absorbent booms, pads, and vacuum trucks.
Diesel Fuel: 84.0 gallons

T-6020 wastewater degas tank
Cause: HEAVY RAIN. Leaking partially treated wastewater tank in the process of being taken out of service was overwhelmed due to heavy rains--formerly controlled outflow that was moving leaked material back into the treatment system overflowed into a solids settling pond. "Water quality impact is minimal due to this incident because the solids will settle into the pond before discharge."

Followup: No

Notes: Leak was ongoing at time of report at a rate of about 33 gal/min. "Once the rainfall slows down, all surface water will be contained and treated in the primary waste water treatment system." Release was ongoing at time of report. LDEQ report only. No refinery letter.


pipe between Tk-65 and Tk-25
Cause: COLD WEATHER. Incident report states, "a 2" slop oil line opened up at a union and spilled about 10 barrels of slop oil." Line failure was caused by freezing conditions. Dead leg section of piper ruptured adn released heavy oil between tanks of T-65 and T-24.

Followup: No

Notes: RQ. The amount of slop oil released was above reportable quantities. According to the incident report, "ES&H performed cleanup and remediation. The piping is blocked in and repairs are underway to put the piping back together. All oil was recovered during cleanup."
Slop Oil: 420.0 gallons

003 Outfall Ditch
Cause: After a rain event sheen was flowing from 003 Outfall Ditch.

Followup: No

Notes: No Information given regarding quantity. Absorbent was unsuccessfully used. Not believed to be oil based. Booms were already in place, but fresh booms were deployed to capture sheen.


outfall 002 from triangle pond
Cause: Triangle pond filled due to rainfall event and some residual oil was carried out with the storm water when the triangle pond flowed to outfall 002.

Followup: No

Notes: New booms were installed and oil absorbent pads were put out to mitigate sheen. No sheen went past the concrete retaining walls.


#1 dock west sump/catch basin
Cause: Unauthorized discharge notice states that that the #1 Dock West Sump overflowed into the water because the pump discharge piping was plugged due to ice formation. SPILL RESULTED IN VISIBLE OIL SHEEN ON THE CALCASIEU RIVER.

Followup: No

Notes: ES&H contractor called out to recover oil and deinventory the Dock 1W sump basin. Modification of winterization procedures are planned. Also, the company will ensure that the existing sump high level horn and light at Dock 1W are fully functional. LDEQ report states that incident will be addressed during next inspection.
Light Cycle Oil: 30.0 gallons

engine room of tug boat M/V Kentucky
Cause: A company-owned tug boat, the M/V Kentucky, was moored onsite, shifted and listed during extreme low tide, and thus flooded the engine room causing the spill.

Followup: Yes

Notes: LDEQ-SPOC was notified of oil sheen on the Calcasieu River near Phillips 66 Dock 3 at 7:57am on 11/25/12. They initiated investigation with immediate reponse by site visit and determined that the source of the sheen was not Phillips 66, but rather was from nearby Mike Hooks, Inc. (dredging company) diesel spill that had earlier been reported to LDEQ to have occurred at 6:13 pm on 11/23/12 (incident # 144913). Cleanup and recovery of the diesel was initiated shortly after the spill occurred and was near completion at the time of the site visit on 11/25/12. Containment booms and skimmers were deployed. The diesel cleanup/recovery was performed by a contracted third party, ES&H. The USCG was onsite and was supervising cleanup and recovery. The company initially reported approximately 15 gallons diesel spilled. During the site visit and from the follow-up notifications the final quantity spilled was determined to be approx. 768 gallons diesel fuel.
Diesel Fuel: 768.0 gallons
No LDEQ Reported

Dock 1
Cause: A temporary diesel powered firewater pump was set up for pump test at docks on north side of Dock 1. During the heat of day, the Diesel pump fuel tank expanded and leaked from the filler neck into water.

Followup: No

Notes: Absorbant pads were throm into the water to catch sheen. The temporary fire water pump was moved away from the water. ES&H was called out to clean sheen. Planned preventative actions include communicate cause of release and discuss leaving adequate vapor spaces in fuel tanks with the fuel tank driver. Ensure policies are followed to meet secondary containment requirements. Leak of diesel powered pump's fuel tank was into Calcasieu River.
Diesel Fuel: 0.3 gallons

Outfall 002
Cause: Heavy rains caused storm water to overflow into the bayou. The containment boom for 002 was impaired and did not retain all the flushed material. Oil was released into the water allowing for a sheen into Bayou Verdine.

Followup: No

Notes: Material was cleaned off Bayou Verdine. Projects were put in place to clean the triangle pond and eliminate Sabine sand from entering the pond.
Oil: 5.0 gallons
Coke: 5.0 gallons

#1 and #2 Sulfur Recovery Units
Cause: On November 28, there was a unit upset due to cold weather which caused a loss of the sour water gas flow indication and a release of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Report states that the amount of pollutants released were less than the reportable quantities, and no further action will be taken.

Followup: No