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Terminals, refiners clean up spills after Harvey

12 Sep 2017 22:37 (+01:00 GMT)
Terminals, refiners clean up spills after Harvey

Washington, 12 September (Argus) — Refineries and terminal operators around Houston have reported spilling thousands of gallons of diesel and gasoline in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Magellan Midstream Partners says hurricane-related flooding caused the spill of 10,988 bl of gasoline from two storage tanks at its Galena Park facility, which is located next to the Houston Ship Channel. Some of the spilled gasoline flowed into a ditch near the channel and a "small amount" reached the water, the company says.

Magellan says its staff and environmental experts have contained and recovered the fuel, but it is still in the process of removing and replacing affected soil. State and federal officials have been on-site during recovery and clean-up operations, the company said, and the cause of the gasoline release is still under investigation.

Kinder Morgan says it reported a release of 500 bl of gasoline from its Pasadena terminal, which is adjacent to the Buffalo Bayou waterway. The gasoline was covered with foam to control air emissions and contained on-site. The spill has been "fully remediated" and regulators were notified, Kinder Morgan says.

ExxonMobil says it reported a spill of diesel at its 557,000 b/d refinery in Baytown, Texas, in the facility's storage tank containment area. The company did not respond to questions about how much diesel was spilled, but it says the leak ended and spilled material was recovered.

Valero reported a spill at its 160,000 b/d refinery in Houston, while Motiva reported a spill at its 600,000 b/d refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The companies did not respond for comment about the size of the spill or whether they have been contained.

EPA said so far it has responded to 12 physical facilities that have reported spills in the Houston area. The agency said it was working with affected facilities to ensure "appropriate cleanup actions take place."

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