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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

Releases of Motor Oil

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source(s) Notes Amount of Release
No LDEQ Reported

motor oil storage container
Cause: A one gallon plastic container of motor oil was being stored in a wooden storage box. A steel flange had been placed on the container of motor oil, damaging the container and resulting in a release of motor oil to the box, which then dripped into the River causing a localized sheen.

Followup: Yes

Notes: This is a follow-up report BELOW REPORTABLE QUANTITIES. The storage box was emptied and absorbent material was spread on the dock. Hard boom was deployed in order to capture the sheen. Absorbent materials were used in order to clean up the sheen and residual oil. This is a letter rescinding the 8/24/05 notification. Upon further review, the event that prompted the call was not a reportable incident. the total amount of motor oil released is estimated to be less than the reportable quantity (RQ=1 barrel). Chalmette Refining estimates that approximately 0.01 barrels (0.5 gallons) of motor oil was released to the surface of the Mississippi River. No chronic or acute health risks are anticipated as a result of this release. The release did not cause an emergency condition. While the incident did not meet reporting requirements, they would like to note that thy take this situation seriously and have taken the proper measures to prevent a reoccurrence. Motor oil released from a one-gallon motor oil container, dripped to the Mississippi River causing a localized sheen.
0.5 gallons

#2 Bundle Heat Exchanger Lube Oil Cooler
Cause: LDEQ states that an oil sheen observed near Dock #4 by the US Coast Guard was caused by a leak in the lube oil cooler for a compressor on the Fluid Catalytic Cracker. The cooling water leaving Outfall 013 is non-contact and thus should not have oil in it.

Followup: No

Notes: The water will be blinded off. Boom was deployed in the area. Referred to Enforcement on 4/11/11. LDEQ report only. No refinery letter.