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Phillips 66 (2418), Belle Chasse

Causal Factor: No Information Given

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

None Reported
Cause: False alarm. Flare was thought to be out, but it was soon realized that the wind and weather conditions just caused it to appear to be out. Fuel gas to the flare was increased making the flame visible.

Followup: No

Notes: Refinery supervision employees in the field saw that the Low Pressure flare was still lit, and confirmed that the ionization detectors at the flare never malfunctioned or failed. Fuel gas was increased to make the flare visible.

No Information Given
Cause: No Information Given

Followup: Yes

Notes: Alkylate (gasoline blending product) spilled within the tank farm secondary containment and floating on water. Contaminant was vaccumed up. Tank T-204 repaired. Verbal report.


None Reported
Cause: Reduced refinery operating rates resulted in venting of the FCC Unit Regenerator flue gas and "potential intermittent flaring."


Notes: No reportable quantities exceeded and no offsite impact noted.

Pinhole leaks on roof of Tank 100-T-003
Cause: A routine inspection on Sept 6, 2012 of tank 100-T-003 revealed that the roof of this tank had been damaged and that the roof developed pinhole leaks.

Followup: No

Notes: Approx 10% of roof deck has product and water present. Product is seeping from previous repairs. 2 in. primary gap on west side of tank 15 ft in length. The regulations require that there be no liquid on the floating roof. The product stored in the tank is crude oil and a small amount of the product was on the floating roof of the tank. Notifications were submitted to the Department and tank was repaired. The tanks seal and roof pinholes will be repaired in conjunction with the requirements stipulated for the deviation discovery.



Cause: The affected soil was identified through soil sampling beneath tank T-106, which was conducted to assess odors in the work area when the tank was elevated for maintenance. Upon sampling and analysis, it was determined that VOCs and Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons-Gasoline Range Organics (TPH-GRO) exceeded the RECAP Soil_SSi and Soil_ssgw. No soil staining, free phase material, or sheen was observed beneath the tank. The tank resides atop a clay lined foundation and ring structure which isolates the tank bottom from the surrounding soil and ground water. No removal was completed as integrity of the ring structure and cribbing could be compromised by adjacent soil removal.

Followup: No

Notes: The site was investigated on 11/13/13 and odors were detected while lifting Tank 106. Samples of soil varying from 0-12 inches came back with levels of PPHGRO and Benzene above RECAP. Report does not mention specific quantities. On a follow up date sampling at 3 ft was conducted and nothing above RECAP was detected. No sheen or signs of league in or around the tank was observed. No removal was completed as integrity of the ring structure and cribbing could be compromised by adjacent soil removal. A work plan for Tank 106 soil and ground water assessment has been submitted to Remediation Services, dated 12/23/2013 and is viewable in EDMS.