Tropical Storm Harvey Causing Refinery Shutdowns

Tropical Storm Harvey Causing Refinery Shutdowns

Tropical Storm Harvey Causing Refinery Shutdowns

Sadly, it did. On Tuesday, ExxonMobil acknowledged that two of its refineries were damaged during the natural disaster, causing hazardous pollutants to leak into the environment. David Gray, a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency, said the company reported the release of 15 pounds of benzene. However, it was not immediately clear what caused the smell.

Shell told state regulators this week that a floating roof over a tank at its oil refinery in Deer Park, Texas, partially sank during the heavy rainfall. Exxon closed its Baytown refinery, located on the Houston Ship Channel-the second-largest refinery in the country, processing as much as 560,000 barrels.

A company spokeswoman said there was some water in the plant and local roads were flooded. It would not say what was in the tank.

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"As a result of adverse weather caused by Hurricane Harvey, excess emissions occurred during an upset on the Sulfur Plant Thermal Oxidizer", the refinery said in a regulatory filing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The company said it is working with government officials to figure out what it needs to do to resume operations.

"The unit was stabilized".

Valero Energy reported Sunday that there were no "substantial refinery impacts" because of the storm. Exxon shut down the refining and chemical complex and said it was taking action to "minimize emissions".

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A variety of other chemicals was emitted during the shutdown of the plants.

"We are in the process of a safe and systematic shutdown of operations", a company statement said. After all, it seems like nearly everybody was flaring or just releasing all kinds of chemicals. The company admitted to flaring hazardous materials at its Baytown refinery both Sunday and Monday. A federal judge imposed a $20 million penalty on the company. Benzene has been classified as a carcinogen by the EPA. He said that large releases of nitrogen oxides or sulfur dioxide "and other respiratory irritants adds to the respiratory problems people in the area suffer from at high rates".

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