Cooling Tower Leak at Petrobras TX Refinery

Monday, April 3, 2017 @ 06:04 PM gHale

Petrobras reported a leak causing gas emissions last Monday at its 110,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Pasadena, Texas.

“This event was caused by a release from the facility’s complex cooling tower,” the refinery said in a statement to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Petrobras, also known as Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR) in its headquarters country of Brazil, said it was trying to find the source of the leak, “and will take steps to correct upon discovery.”

Petrobras said the emissions began Sunday and ended Monday.

Earlier this month, two Texas environmental groups filed a lawsuit under the U.S. Clean Air Act alleging repeated pollution violations at the Petrobras refinery, the organizations said.

Environment Texas and the Sierra Club’s Lone Star chapter filed the suit alleging repeated and ongoing violations of pollution limits by the Pasadena, Texas, refinery operated by Petrobras’ subsidiary Pasadena Refining System Inc. (PRSI), the organizations said.

“We think they need to be held accountable for thousands of releases of dangerous pollution into the community,” said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas.

A PRSI spokesman said the refinery complies with governmental regulations.

“Pasadena Refining System Inc. is aware of the lawsuit being brought by Environment Texas and Sierra Club, and is currently reviewing the filing,” the company said in an email. “We are committed to complying with all local, state and federal regulations and keeping our team’s focus on safe and reliable operations.”

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