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Phillips 66 (2538), Lake Charles

Releases in 2008

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source/Release CauseNotes
111135

2008-12-01
Point Source(s):
Area C No. 4 Crude Unit

Pollutant(s):
Heavy Vacuum Gas Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

valve packing leak on a warmup line
Letter states that emissions were BRQ. No reason for leak is given.
110208

2008-10-19
Point Source(s):
Slurry Pump Bypass Valve

Pollutant(s):
Slurry Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

slurry oil leaked around bypass on control valve
HYDRCHEM responded and performed cleanup
109063

2008-09-14
Point Source(s):
Area D Docks

Pollutant(s):
Hydrocarbon - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Weather

CP docks flooded as a result of storm surge leading to Oil on water
ES&H conducting post-hurricane rehabilitation efforts
109075

2008-09-14
Point Source(s):
Tank Farm

Pollutant(s):
Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Weather

Hurricane Ike storm surge causes rain water to displace oil from Tank 308 oily water sump.
Hydrochem is remediating area. Oil was spilled on site after storm surge topped dike wall.
108922

2008-09-08
Point Source(s):
No information given
North Flare

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds - 155 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Date on letter from DEQ (01/05/2008) and date of incident (9/8/08) indicate an error of some kind in the reporting. DEQ report indicates that a flare pilot went out. No information given concerning which flare or reason for the outage.
108898

2008-09-07
Point Source(s):
North Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

courtesy notification pollutants released during facility start
Letter concerns possible flare outage, states that accumulation of steam concealed flare and no pilot outage occurred. Courtesty notification onl
No LDEQ Number Available

2008-09-07
Point Source(s):


Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 0
Sulfuric Acid - 0
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

Facility start up released SO2 and H2S to flare.
No information given.
No LDEQ Number Available

2008-09-07
Point Source(s):


Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 0
Sulfuric Acid - 0
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

Facility start up released SO2 and H2S to flare.
No information given.
108894

2008-09-06
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

SO2 released as result of start
During startup of the No. 2 Coker a valve opened sending Hydrogen Sulfide gas to flare. During restart following Gustav No 2 Vacuum tower pressured up
108490

2008-09-02
Point Source(s):
Dock 2-B

Pollutant(s):
Hydrocarbon - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Weather

Hurricane Gustav caused mixer seal problems at Tank 2001 and Tank 372 and caused oil to overflow the oily water sewer area. - shutdown related to Hurricane Gustav causes deactivation of a pump. Oil in sump displaced by heavy rai
DEQ report indicates that a notification from C-P has been requested; Enviro services company called out to contain spill and perform cleanup. Oil insufficient to recover. Verbal report indicates spill was 4 to 5 barrels.
108466

2008-08-31
Point Source(s):
West (Excel) Flare, North Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Weather

Hurricane Gustave - impending landfall of hurricane causes emergency shutdown of multiple process unit
Accordint to C-P, All reasonable steps taken to minimize emissions, air pollution control equipment, process equipmt and processes were at all times maintained and operated in a manner consistent with good practices for minimizing emissions. Letter provides rolling emissions rates but not emissons totals. Presumptive total (21324 lbs of SO2 released) calculated here by multiplying emissions rates and incident durations as listed in C-P letter dated 9/5/08. Follow-up letter from C-P indicates thherewas an instrument malfunction causing an incorrect assessment of SO2 emissions. Per this letter, no RQ's were exceede
No LDEQ Number Available

2008-08-27
Point Source(s):
Area D Dock 3

Pollutant(s):
Vegetable Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes
While Pioneer Sunshine operators were untying ship from Dock 3, the rope did not clear the West cap stan and caused the motor to break awa
108145

2008-08-19
Point Source(s):
North Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

instrument fails due to high temperatures from steaming out process
Technicians worked on 02 analyzer and the compressors were brought back to service
108147

2008-08-18
Point Source(s):
Alkylation Unit pipeline

Pollutant(s):
Sulfuric Acid - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

leak in overhead pipeling in alkylation unit. No cause of leak stated.
Letter states that emissions were BRQ. Rates were reduced and the unit was shutdown for repairs.
108003

2008-08-13
Point Source(s):
Area D Dock 3

Pollutant(s):
Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes
Light Oil discovered flowing into C-P area. ES&H used containment booms. From unknown source adjacent to C-P property.
107838

2008-08-06
Point Source(s):
Area D Dock 2B

Pollutant(s):
Diesel Fuel - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes
During loading, Barge TTT-101 developed a leak. Cleanup performed by enviro co. ES &
107705

2008-08-04
Point Source(s):
FCC Unit at Tower W-73

Pollutant(s):
Slurry Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

drip on a valve bonnet
INCIDENT EXCEEDS RQ. DEQ report indicates that letter from C-P will be forthcoming with quantity of pollutant released. Valve bonnet repaired and control valve repaired
107264

2008-07-16
Point Source(s):
Area D Tank Farm

Pollutant(s):
Sour Naphtha - BRQ
Benzene - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

Seal failure on P-486 resulted in loss of containment of sour naptha
INCIDENT EXCEEDS RQ. Pump suction and discharge were blocked in when operators were alerted to event from an adjacent operating area
107214

2008-07-15
Point Source(s):
Outfall 002 to Fabacher Ditch; Outfall 003; Outfall 004

Pollutant(s):
Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Weather

heavy rain overwhelms emergency overflow pond.
Oily sewer throughout refinery backed up into process units. Oily pockets of runoff slide into ditch. Booms deployed to recover Oil. Marine Spill Response Corporation vessels dispatched as precautionary measure
106325

2008-06-10
Point Source(s):
No. 7 HDS Unit

Pollutant(s):
Hydrocarbon - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

leaking plug on HDS cited as cause of release
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
105820

2008-05-21
Point Source(s):
#10 Reformer West flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

release occurred during shut down; no further info giv
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
105703

2008-05-18
Point Source(s):
Area D Dock 2B East

Pollutant(s):
Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

spill was caused by Hard's Marine Service tankerman on barge
Letter states that header pipe on Barge MMI-304 ruptured when loading was commenced. Not clear what connection exists b/w tankerman and ruptured pipe. Operators shut down the loading pump and emergency shutdown valve was closed.
No LDEQ Number Available

2008-04-11
Point Source(s):
Dock 1 - light oil manifold

Pollutant(s):
Diesel Fuel - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

see notes
Booms and pads deployed to capture the Oil. Drops released during annual pressure test designed to expose flaws and weaknesses in lines and joints.
104365

2008-03-30
Point Source(s):
North Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 1,406 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

release occurred during #3 CTU start
Steaming the unit out slower would have reduced the environmental impact. DEQ report indicates that steaming the unit out slower would not have made a difference
104131

2008-03-22
Point Source(s):
Area D Tank Farm

Pollutant(s):
Slop Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

leak from a pump bleeder block valve that was left open
Pump bleeder block valve was blocked in and the area was flagged off
104130

2008-03-22
Point Source(s):
#3 CTU in Area C

Pollutant(s):
Dirty Light Cycle Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes
oil overflowed a catch basin and entered the storm sewer during the steaming out of the top pump circuit on the #3 CTU
103888

2008-03-13
Point Source(s):
Area A Exchanger

Pollutant(s):
Gasoline - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Benzene - BRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

excessive temperature swings in a reboiler caused a flange to open and release stabilized gasoline
Report states that emission were BRQ. Gas Recovery Plant reboiler leak
103846

2008-03-12
Point Source(s):
Ballast water line in T36

Pollutant(s):
Slop Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

leak in a 4-inch metal line that passes through an earthen containment levee
EXCEEDS RQ. Oily water contained in a diked area. Vacuum truck used to collect oily water. Section of line where loss occurred was clamped. Pipeline has history of issues and has been targeted for replacement. Prior replacement would have prevented incident.
103619

2008-03-04
Point Source(s):
API/CPI system sludge sump

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Benzene - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Slop Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

gasoline entered the oily water system and caused an upset after operator fails to use appropriate control device
LEL alarms lowered to alert Operations sooner of hydrocarbons in the atmosphere. Process and procedures surrounding mgmt of tank water draws and process indicators will be reviewed. Follow-up letter from DEQ states that C-P failed to notify DEQ within 24 hrs of incident and that the tank operator failed to use a control device to block gasoline from entering wastewater system
103414

2008-02-25
Point Source(s):
Tank 2002

Pollutant(s):
Resid - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

leaking agitator
no information given about cause for incident
103362

2008-02-22
Point Source(s):
Area C - 2 Vac Unit

Pollutant(s):
Crude Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

start up of the 2 vac Unit X-20102 / 201
Report states that 2 to 3 barrels were lost. Also states that 20 to 30 gallons entered water - why the discrepancy? REMEDIAL ACTION: booms and floor dry were deployed by Operations personnel. Mechanical support and Vac truck called to remedy the situation
103064

2008-02-13
Point Source(s):
South Flare - EQT 080

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

malfunction of south flare gas caustic scrubber level due to a plugged drain line
Caustic line unplugged and spent caustic replaced with fresh caustic
102794

2008-02-02
Point Source(s):
T-84 tank dike wall

Pollutant(s):
Crude Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

pinhole leak in a transfer line
No information given about remedial actions
103301

2007-07-05
Point Source(s):
South Flare - EQT 080

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

upset in the ARU
Level indicator on #2 regenerator tower malfunctioned and there isn't a redundant level indicator. Root Cause analysis estimates release at 19,800 lbs - approx 3,000 lbs more than original repor
103590

2007-07-05
Point Source(s):
West Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

shut down for turnaround and steamed to fla
V. little info given in DEQ report. NO info on pollutants released or amounts.
108228

2007-07-05
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes
CITIZEN COMPLAINT - flare closest to I-10 was not ignited but was releasing a smoky substance and a liquid to the ground. DEQ investigation concludes that complainant was mistaken about smoke; rather, condensed water droplets may have fallen to the groun
108581

2007-07-05
Point Source(s):
see notes

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes
ANONYMOUS CITIZEN COMPLAINT - sulfur odor. DEQ rep visits site and C-P rep indicates that odor may stem from flaring after post-Gustav startup of facility or from the Hot Resid tanks located in the Sour Crude/Resid Tank farm (Area A). Tanks T-2003, T-2004, and T-2005 are not equipped with a water scrubber for odor contro
108607

2007-07-05
Point Source(s):
Excel Paralubes Sulfur Recovery Unit Stack

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

start up post-Gustav causes flari
Abnormally high concentration of light hydrocarbons in the Reaction Furnace. The change in feed composition reduced the unit's effectiveness at converting H2S to sulfur. As a result, the concentration of H2S went beyond the hourly permit limits fromthe SRU sta
110380

2007-07-05
Point Source(s):
Y-1 Cooling Tower in Area C

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

leak in exchangers X-447/18 in the FCCU Vapor Recovery Unit
DEQ report states that emission was BRQ
111500

2007-07-05
Point Source(s):
Area D potassium hydroxide treater sump

Pollutant(s):
Mercaptan - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

sump lid had several holes due to corrosion which resulted in release of mercaptans
CITIZEN COMPLAINT - Strong chemical odor, irritates eyes and thro