Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Louisiana DEQ Public Comment Hearing Thursday February 7, 2008 6pm.

Murphy Oil Meraux Refinery has applied for an expedited permit to replace crude oil storage tanks in the tank farm at Judge Perez Drive with crude oil and middle distillates tanks.

According to Murphy Oil's LDEQ EDMS document 36418107 dated 11/15/2007, "Results of extensive inspections performed by MOUSA showed that the existing tanks...have settled and suffered damage over time, partially attributed to Hurricane Katrina." EDMS research indicates this tank farm has had groundwater and soil concerns since 2002.

Residents have specific concerns and questions not only regarding this settlement of tanks and in particular in this area of the tank farms, but also about the added inventory of middle distillates and how that fits into the refinery's longrange plans for this community.

We have specific questions and concerns regarding this tank farm, the settlement and replacement of these tanks , emergency, flood and hurricane preparedness, soil and ground water test results and remediation, foundation and construction considerations for the next flood, the potential for increased danger due to middle distillates, and the overall effect on our neighborhoods and on our community's health, safety and welfare and quality of life issues.

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Infamous Tank 250-2 was permited in 2006 to replace with a tank on the very same foundation. Two other 250 tanks were permited to repair ontop of the old settled foundation/footprint (releveled). Although the refinery is repairing one, it is now requesting to replace 250-3 (also ontop of the same footprint). The expedited permit is for a total of Five replacement tanks; four within the same footprints of the old tanks.

The EAS submitted by the refinery addresses avoidance of potential and real environmental effects, balancing of social and economic benefits against environmental impact costs, and alternative sites, projects, and mitigative measures. We have requested the refinery update their 1995 EAS which can be veiwed at the St Bernard Parish Temporary Library or at LDEQ website

Written comments must be received by 12:30 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2008. Write: Ms. Soumaya Ghosn at LDEQ, Public Participation Group, P.O. Box 4313, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313 email: or fax (225)- 219-3309

All correspondence should specify AI Number 1238, Permit Number 3062-V0, and Activity Number PER PER20070005

Murphy Oil USA, Inc. is proposing to construct Tanks T1 (replacing Tank 450-1), T2 (replacing Tank 450-2), T3 (replacing Tank 250-3), T4 (replacing Tank 200-6), and T5 (replacing Tank 25-2) .

The proposed permit and EAS may be viewed as attachments at the bottom of the the LDEQ Public Notice

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