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Calumet Lubricants 8 (1214), Shreveport

Releases of Propane

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

Tail Gas Compressor
Cause: Distance piece broke causing cylinder door to come off. A hole was created in the top of the casing. This caused immediate ignition of gases.

Followup: No

Notes: No remedial action. Release was below reportable quantities
10.0 pounds

Propane Deasphalating Unit
Cause: LDEQ states that the propane deasphlating unit had an explosion and fire that lasted five minutes; no cause was determined. Propane that was released was burned in the fire.

Followup: No

Notes: Propane that was released was burned in the fire. No DEQ assistance was utilized, and no air monitoring was conducted. LDEQ report & FIF only. No refinery letter.

Cause: A Bucket Brigade representative contacted the LDEQ in reference to flaring and heavy black smoke at Calumet Waxes and Lubricant's Shreveport location. The LDEQ contacted Calumet who advised that the flaring was due to over pressure of the propane feed drum. The drum vents to the flare to reduce pressure, and did so intermittently a few times.

Followup: No

Notes: The unit was readjusted to resolve the issue. Sweet propane was released to the flare, and no sulfur compounds were emitted. Opacity was tracked during the event. LABB only has access to an LDEQ Field Interview Form and the LDEQ Incident Report.