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ExxonMobil Spills Chemicals in Louisiana While Cleaning Spilled Oil in Arkansas

Environment  (tags: Exxon mobil, Lousiana, spills, oil spill, chemical spill, New orleans, coast guard, environment, health, pollution )

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Even as ExxonMobil was mopping up after its disgusting tar-sands oil spill in Arkansas on Wednesday, it spilled an unknown amount of unknown chemicals- possibly hydrogen sulfide and cancer-causing benzene- during an accident at riverfront refinery in LA

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Angelika R (143)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:04 pm
Even as ExxonMobil was mopping up after its disgusting tar-sands oil spill in Arkansas on Wednesday, it spilled an unknown amount of unknown chemicals — possibly hydrogen sulfide and cancer-causing benzene — during an accident at a riverfront refinery in Louisiana.

The Chalmette refinery chemical spill might have gone unnoticed, except that it stank out the city of New Orleans and several nearby parishes, leading to state and federal investigations (we told you about that mysterious odor yesterday). Frankly, ExxonMobil’s track record here sucks: The same refinery spilled 360 barels of crude oil in January.

From The Times-Picayune:

ExxonMobil first reported releasing 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and 10 pounds of benzene, a volatile organic carbon compound known to cause cancer, because those amounts are the minimum required for reporting, [Coast Guard Petty Officer Jason] Screws said. But the company has since said it is unsure exactly what chemicals were involved or how much may have been released, he said.

The spill occurred as a result of a break in a pipeline connecting a drum used to store “liquid flare condensate,” with a flare on the refinery site, Screws said. He said the company measured 160 parts per million of hydrogen sulfide and 2 parts per million of benzene in the air at the site of the spill, but has not seen similar readings at the plant’s fence line or in the neighboring community.

Residents from the region inhaled chemicals caused by the spill for more than a day, leading to reports of breathing difficulties and other ailments. But the Coast Guard rushed to soothe folks, assuring them not to worry their chemical-infused heads about it.
From Reuters:

“We haven’t told the refinery to shut down because we haven’t any cause for a shutdown,” [Lieutenant Lily] Zeteza said. “We’ve no indication that this is dangerous.”

Well, if you say so.

Bill Rohbaugh (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 11:21 pm
These companies appear to have no safety standards or don't follow them if they do. Outrageous.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:21 am
Bill -I guess both. (“We’ve no indication that this is dangerous.” ) !

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 10:49 am
**** BE SURE TO READ THIS *** Tar Sands Oil Arkansas
National security demands secrecy in the heart of Arkansas
AND watch the SLIDE SHOW !

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 12:25 pm
(from Daily Kos:)
For example, the FAA, which reports to the Department of Transportation, has issued a “no-fly zone order” over the area. While that order was amended to allow media to fly over the spill site with proper coordination, in practice that means going through an Exxon Mobil employee who has been appointed flight coordinator.

On the ground, reporters are being kept at a great distance from the actual site. Those who have tried to gain further access have been escorted away by security, threatened with arrest, and told to leave by local law enforcement.


Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:10 pm
..and watch the videos also linked in the article I gave above, horrible sight!

Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday April 8, 2013, 4:49 pm
Unfortunately, it won't matter how many spills there are nor how much damage they cause. Obama is going to approve Keystone XL. He does not think he has a choice. Apparently we don't either. Thanks Angie.

Jo S (619)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:06 pm
this is just gone far beyond exceptable, it is totally I exceptable! What do we have to do to make this stop? I have noted signed & shared so many petitions & I' m @ my wits end as to what to do next, if anyone has any suggestions please contact me!!!

Mike M (40)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:27 pm
This is such a stupid way to pursue so called oil independence

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:29 pm
Joanne-why stop it if they "have no indication that this is dangerous".. I am clueless.
Perhaps you might want to hope for still ANOTHER real big nasty SPILL just in time to maybe,.. maybe cause a last-minute mind flash of reason and common sense in Obama and DOS ?--
The best suggestion I have right now is get information if and where there is a refinery or pipeline in YOUR AREA !
The folks here in this case DID NOT KNOW about it !

Monday April 8, 2013, 6:11 pm
read and noted on 4-8-13 no matter which way you slice it a spill is a spill another fine example of greed over the affects on the general public and environment and then you factor in our wildlife and waterways these big oil idiots need to wake up and stop destroying our natural resources and everything else around it there just accidents waiting to happen that has already been seen enough is enough this needs to stop before everything is gone and then it's too late.

JL A (281)
Monday April 8, 2013, 7:04 pm
Images of opening credits of "The Beverly Hillbillies" multiplied so all might one day routinely step in it?

Mary R (280)
Monday April 8, 2013, 8:22 pm

Konstantin Trubin (548)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 12:03 am
Жадность человеческая не знает границ. И все кругом гибнет.

Care member (1)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 12:40 am

Ramu Reddy (8)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:10 am

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:28 am
Noted and signed the Kos petition. I can't believe how irresponsible this corp is! They need to be stopped or striped of profits until they improve their safety standards. An accident is always possible, but there is no end of them and they are frequently due to crapy workmanship and cheap inferior materials. They keep reaping record profits, but never spend enough on their infrastructure!

Jane H (139)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:14 am
Makes me mad and angry

TOM T (246)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:40 am

This is outrageous!

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:51 am
REMINDER TO SIGN THE PETITION ! : Daily Kos PETITION and to watch videos provided at site and link in comment above!


Tina P (30)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:11 am
More proof of their ineptitude. Cheap materials and labor add up to big problems for all of us, and even bigger profits for them!!

Jade N (22)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:32 am
wow this is awful!

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 8:03 am
News unfortunate really, we reason in nature pollution. Noted , thanks .
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