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Phillips 66 (2538), Lake Charles

Releases of Creosote (Coal Tar)

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

Cause: There is construction going on and a creosote sheen appeared on the water as a result.

Followup: No

Notes: There was construction going on and a creosote sheen appeared on the water as a result. On 11/20/12, at 1:46 pm, a self reported incident was called in by Charles Curet with Phillips 66 about a sheen discovered at the facility's dock located in Clooney Loop of the Calcasieu Rover. Work was being done at the doc and creosote pilings were being removed. The facility anticipated sheen being emitted from the pilings upon removal and had contacted the USCG prior to the start-up of this project. USCG MST 2 Meritt had instructed the facility to make an initial report the first time sheen was produced, but not to worry about reporting any additional sheening created by this project as long as it was contained. On 11/26/12, they confirmed the reporting strategy given to the facility and stated that the area is and will remain contained with boom, and ES&H is and will remain at the scene until the project is completed (approximately 3 weeks) ES&H used absorbent pads to remove sheen from the water. Material went offsite and was released to surface water. No off-site protectice action was taken.

bottom sediments
Cause: Starting on September 13, a presence of a slight sheen near the Phillips 66 docks located on the Calcasieu river was reported. Another sheen was reported on September 16. The sheen on the water near the docks was generated by unsettled creosole salts releasing from the bottom of the water body after being disturbed. There are two reports made by Phillips 66 to LDEQ, but detail the same incident. The two reports have been merged into one document.

Followup: No

Notes: A response contractor was called for any remediation.