Monday, August 17, 2009

Murphy Oil's SO2 calculations deficient

Murphy Oil presented netting calculations that suggest incorrectly that the net increase in emissions from these modifications is below Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) significance thresholds and thus do not trigger New Source Review (NSR).

Murphy Oil's SO2 emissions calculations incorrect

Air Permit Objections

Public Hearing Comments

The proposed permit seeks to use gasoline tanks with fixed roof(s), to route the BenFree Unit (BFU) to an inadequate gas recovery system, and to route H2S rich vent streams to the flare. To protect public health and safety, Louisiana DEQ must require stringent application of the best available controls to achieve the lowest emissions into the air we breathe.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

MRGO Wetland Restoration

Community Forum
Tuesday August 11th 6:30pm Council on Aging Building

The Mississippi River Gulf Outlet has always
been a great concern to St. Bernard
Parish. Today, the MRGO is closed to
navigation, but the most critical step toward
protection remains.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Air Emission Update

May 24, 2009 -- 4,000 pounds of SO2 in 30 minutes ---
Hydrocracker automatic safety shutdown

"This level of emissions would not be expected to cause adverse offsite impact, and no allegations of impact were received from neighbors in the surrounding community." The incident is still under investigation LA EDMS 42133553

February 25, 2009 -- 35,000 pounds of heavy hydrocarbon within 5 minutes ------
FCCU Reversal

"The episode resulted in estimated emissions of 35,000 pounds of heavy hydrocarbon vapors, 5,165 pounds of catalyst, and 1,1750 pounds of particulates as smoke."LA DEQ EDMS 40817686


Parish Government Officials are as perplexed as Murphy Oil and Exxon Pipeline groups as to whodunit !!

Someone, without a parish permit or a phone call to 811 Call Before Digging, entered the refinery parking lot with a backhoe, had the vehicles moved, excavated the newly installed crude oil pipeline and installed a drainage system which adversely effects residential homes.

It's a classic, as the residents are provided no clues with which to deduct the identity of the perpetrator.

green belt

August 3 2009 document on Murphy Oil Crude Oil spill refers to ""a buyout program for the establisment of a green belt around the refinery""

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