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Placid Refining (2366), Port Allen

Releases of #6 Oil

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

Sump pump
Cause: A delay in the automatic start-up of sump pump 839 on Placid's south dock allowed oily material to back up into secondary containment. A previously unknown crack in the secondary containment curb allowed material to seep out and cause a sheen.

Followup: No

Notes: Automatic switches were replaced, and the pump was reset. Also the crack was repaired.

hose on recirculation pump at Tank 18
Cause: A hose ruptured on a recirculation pump at Tank 18 spilling approximately 3 barrels of No. 6 Fuel Oil into SPCC Secondary Containment. The root cause was hose failure.

Followup: No

Notes: Hoses will be placed and secured on saddles to prevent contact with other structural component in the area. Booms and absorbent materials were used to contain the spill. The contaminated soil and No. 6 Fuel Oil was removed and placed into a roll-off box. All waste generated will be disposed of in accordance with State and Federal Regulations. Although the report did not indicate whether the release was a reportable quantity or below reportable quantity, 3 barrels of oil is above the reportable quantity.
126.0 gallons

Tank 15
Cause: According to the Courtesy Notification of release from Tank 15 thay is ongoing, "the fixed roof tank over pressured and caused a bulge in the roof. Several holes developed along the seams allowing the tank to vent emissions to the atmosphere instead of the vapor combuster". Venting fumes directly to the atmosphere.

Followup: No

Notes: "The tank is storing heavy No.6 oil and a plan to repair or take the tank out of service for repairs is being developed and will be implemented as soon as practical",according to the refinery report. Tank is cooled and emptied. The tank will be cleaned in 30 days and repairs will be made but due to the heavy contents, this may last 6 months conservatively. SPOC states that emissions for VOCs were less than 1000 lbs and less than 10 lbs for H2S. Follow-up letter states that a discharge was in excess of of permit levels and will cause a deviation that will last longer than 7 days, but there is no indication of which pollutant they might be referring to. Tank 15 must be cleaned to repair the tears on the roof. This operation requires a completely sealed tank, therefore, breathing emissions are now going to the atmosphere and will continue until the tank is de-inventoried. Unsure of how long it will take to clean and repair the tank due to heavy storage contents, and conservatively assumes it will take at least six months to complete.

Crude Unit, crude processing tower
Cause: Operations personnel was changing out a check valve on a line off a crude oil processing tower in the crude unit when reduced crude oil began leaking out of a valve inadvertently left open after preparing the line for service. The oil ignited causing a small fire.

Followup: No

Notes: Operations personnel evacuated persons in the area and opened fire monitors to contain the fire. Placid's emergency response fire team extinguished the fire in approximately 15 minutes and isolated the valves to stop the leak. Water and any residual oil not burned remained within the operating unit containment area and was sent to the wastewater treatment plant. Placid will conduct operator training to prevent recurrence.
699.0 gallons