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Phillips 66 (2538), Lake Charles

Releases of Kerosene

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

No. 1 Dock West Sump
Cause: Oily water mixture blew out the West Sump while cleaning the No. 1 West load to offload kero to Sasol. The oily water came out of the North Sump Pump hole which was covered with a piece of ply board. The pump is out for repair. W

Followup: No

Notes: Kerosene spilled into the Cloney Loop of the Calcasieu River and caused light sheen. Absorber pad was put ninth he water to pick up any oil. Shut off the N2 valve to the load arm.
1.0 pounds

Targa underground pipeline
Cause: Third party operated (Targa), underground pipeline was found ruptured.

Followup: Yes

Notes: ES&H performed cleanup of the oil leak site, and Targa was notified immediately to begin repairing the ruptured pipeline. Targa later called in the incident and is linked to #112264.
420.0 gallons

no information given
Cause: "Kerosene released in a containment area when loading a railcar at the refinery--control valve was shut and the pump did not shut off when loading was in progress and caused a relief valved to release the kerosene."

Followup: No

Notes: "Area was flushed with fresh water and padded up with absorbent materials." LDEQ report only. No refinery letter.
75.6 gallons

#3 Cargo Sump
Cause: Unauthorized discharge report states that kerosene flowed out of the concrete basin surrounding #3 Cargo Pump House Sump PPS-29, onto the ground underneath the piperack west of PPS-29 and into the concrete rainwater catch basin southwest of PPS-29. The operator left D-1216 draining unattended. The radar span on PPS-29 was not set properly.

Followup: No

Notes: Sump level was pumped down. The radar span on PPS-29 has been adjusted. The company will consider installing redundant radar level indication on PPS-29. They will consider scheduling annual preventive maintenance and testing on PPS-29 level control system as well as a low level alarm to PPS-29.
63.0 gallons

Tank Farm
Cause: On December 17, a kerosene spill to the ground was discovered in Area D, Tank Farm. The spill occurred when a sump overflowed and kerosene discharged toward the outfall 003. The release was prevented from reaching the outfall.

Followup: No

Notes: Report states that spill was less than one barrel, and no remedial action was taken.