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Shell Chemical East (26336), Norco

Causal Factor: No Information Given

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

Alkylate Unit
Cause: A citizen filed a complaint concerning Shell Chemical LP East releasing odors into the area on September 19, 2012. Davina Witte of the LDEQ spoke with Ninika Njali, Business Area Environmental Representative - Logistics with Shell Chemicals, via telephone on November 14, 2012. She said the only occurrence she found that might have caused an odor was a sour water leak at the Alkylate Unit. She explained that sour water is water that has come in contact with the process. She said it is mostly water with some hydrocarbon.

Followup: No

Notes: Ninika Njali said that the leak was contained to the slab, and it was all recovered. LDEQ performed surveillance of the area on 9/26/12 and 10/2/12. They did not detect an odor at the time of the inspections.

No LDEQ Reported

tank vent
Cause: On May 5, at 1750 hours there was a benzene release at Shell Chemical East Site. Shell Chemical's GO-1 Process Unit identified a trace of benzene venting from a temporary tank used for de-inventorying the GO-1 unit to prepare for turnaround activities.

Followup: No

Notes: GO-1 operations notified Shell Emergency Services to provide monitoring of the temporary tank and surrounding area until conditions were safely returned to normal.