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Calcasieu Refining (3585), Lake Charles

Releases in 2008

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source/Release CauseNotes

Point Source(s):

No Information Given - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

Rainbow colored sheen on the Calcasieu River near refinery dock after Hurricane Ike
Verbal report was made but no written report followed. Sheen is of unknown origin and cause.

Point Source(s):
None Reported
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No Information Given
Small amount of diesel spilled in to the Calcasieu River when a barge being loaded with diesel was over filled. Booms deployed to recover material.

Point Source(s):
Tank 313

Benzene - 322 pounds
Naphthenic Crude - 42,000 gallons
Water - 18,900 gallons
Cause of Problem: Equipment Design

Fault in tank floor caused a leak in the bottom of the tank.
Water was pumped into the tank in an effort to keep the naphtha level in the tank above the leak. A vacuum truck and pumps were deloyed to recover spilled naphtha on the gound. Contaminated soil was excavated and disposed of off site. No samples taken by LDEQ investigator.
No LDEQ Number Available

Point Source(s):
Solenoid valve on red dye injection at A Dock

Various chemicals - 1 gallons
Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

O-ring in a soleniod valve failed. Red kerosene based dye sprayed onto dock and into water.
Red dye cleaned from dock and attempt to recover the dye spilled to the water with sorbant pads was made.

Point Source(s):
Pressure Relief Valve on Naphtha line

Benzene - 22 pounds
Naphthenic Crude - 2,800 gallons
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

Release from a safety valve. Valve was set to 100 psi instead of 260 psi
Naphtha overflowed sump into containment area. Naphtha recovered and transferred to wastewater treatment plant.

Point Source(s):
No Information Given

Oil - 42 gallons
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

Vacuum gas discharged onto the deck of barge due to overfilling a compartment on the barge during a transfer operation.
Barge cleaned up, no oil reached body of water. Verbal Report made but no written report from refinery.