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Shell Chemical East (26336), Norco

Releases of Flammable Vapor

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

Olefin Flare
Cause: This was an anonymous citizen complaint. A caller called in to report a large cloud of black smoke coming from the facility. They observed an unusual flare with black smoke trailing towards the south, and there was a noxious smell. On October 30, 2012, Shell Chemical had a unit upset that led to flaring at one of the olefin flares. The complaint was seeing this flare process. The reason for the unit upset is under investigation.

Followup: No

Notes: Due to the incident still being under investigation, there is no information given concerning the pollutants released by this flare or what caused the unit upset to occur. LABB could not locate any refinery letter from Shell Chemical providing any follow up information concerning this complaint.