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Hurricane Prep Failures in Every Sector of the Oil Industry

September 6th, 2012

Oil Industry Accidents During Hurricane Isaac

Total Released: 4.9 million pounds and 171,000 gallons

Hurricane Isaac was in the region for approximately three days, beginning on August 28th. During that time, over 100 reports about oil industry accidents were filed with the National Response Center (NRC), the federal single point of contact for oil spills. Some reports were filed by industry, others by eye witnesses. The following information is based on a review of all of the NRC reports filed.

Adjusting for reports that reported the same accident and irrelevant reports, there were 93 total accidents in the oil industry. The most serious accidents are listed below.

EXPLORATION






Company and Accident Description

Date

Substance

Amount

NRC Report #

Preparedness failure

Chevron

Leaking well, not shut down properly

Thurs Aug. 30th

Oil

101 gallons

1022700

Failure to shut down properly

Black Elk Energy

Leaking oil

Sat Sept. 1st

Oil

132 gallons

1022916

Unknown

Unknown

Leaking oil

Sun Sept, 2nd

Oil

Unknown

1022990

Abandoned platform

Texas Petroleum Investment Corp

Storage tank overtopped or leaking

Thurs Aug. 30th

Oil

16,800 gallons

1022718

Storage tank was it adequately filled and in good condition?

TRANSPORT

Date

Substance

Amount

NRC Report #

Preparedness Failure

Unknown - Barge sank

Thurs Aug. 30th

Petroleum Coke

2,000 tons

1022648

Barge was in vulnerable location, not adequately secured

REFINING

Date

Substance

Amount

NRC Report #

Preparedness Failure

Chalmette Refining

Mon Aug. 27th

Fri Aug. 31st

Sulfur dioxide: 277 tons

Other volatile organic chemicals: 5 tons

Hydrogen sulfide: 1,200 pounds

Benzene: 100 pounds

1022865 and 1022345

Shut down should have happened more slowly and controlled, before the 27th

Shell Chemical / Motiva

Could not keep flare lit and vented to the atmosphere

Tue Aug. 28th

Butadiene, benzene, carbon dioxide, ethylene, hexane, hethane, proplylene

Unknown

1022483

Should have shut down; the parish had a mandatory evacuation