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Motiva Enterprises (2719), Convent

Releases of Process Water

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

Process Wastewater Treatment Unit
Cause: Excessive rainfall from Hurricane Rita resulted in the Process WasteWater treatment Unit tank filling to storm water surge capacity. In order to alleviate flowing within the refinery and maximize flow throught he treatment system the final pressures and filters of the WWTU were bypassed.

Followup: No

Notes: In order to ensure that permit limits are not exceeded, Motiva carefully monitors the bypass as long as it is occurring.

Brine Pit Sump at Sorrento Storage Facility
Cause: Brine Pit Sump leaked rose above normal levels due to maintenance being performed in the brine disposal well.

Followup: No

Notes: Testing of spilled material reflected very low chloride level. Material released and contained in immediate area, collected and returned to brine pit. Repairs of the sump planned for 4/18/05. Future work on the injection well pump will be coordinatored to ensure that the brine pit does not exceed acceptable leve

discharge hose
Cause: On November 13, 2013, a release of brine (produced) water occurred at Motiva's Salt Dome Storage Facility in Sorrento, Louisiana. At the time of the release, brine water was being pumped from the South Pit to the North Pit when the discharge hose began spraying produced water onto the ground surface just outside of the brine pits. Initial verbal notification indicates that release was the result of a hose malfunction. The incident was initially reported as a potential exceedance of the 1 barrel reportable quantity for produced water. However, after further calculation, the total amount released during this incident was determined to be below the 1 barrel reportable quantity.

Followup: No

Notes: Upon discovery, operations personnel immediately shut down the pump which stopped the leak.