Today, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) released Common Ground II: Why Cooperation to Reduce Accidents at Louisiana Refineries Is Needed Now, which examines Louisiana's refineries from 2005 through 2009. Its findings include under reported and underestimated accidents, high levels of pollution, and ill equipped facilities in the face of severe (and not to severe) weather.
Find a summary of some of the findings under the jump.
These figures are from the LABB's analysis of Department of Environmental Quality reports from 2005-2009:
The state’s biggest polluter is ExxonMobil. Its Baton Rouge refinery had more than 500 accidents accounting for more than 4 million pounds of pollution to the air. Chalmette Refining had more than 400 accidents, sending 6 million pounds of pollution to the air and nearly 12 million gallons to the ground and in water. Chalmette Refining’s 11.6 million gallon spill in 2008 dumped waste water into canals leading to Lake Borgne.
Accident reports show that the most common causes of refinery accidents include equipment failure (16 percent), faulty piping or tubing (12 percent), or “no information given” (20 percent). ExxonMobil Baton Rouge reported more than 250 accidents and Chalmette Refining reported more than 100 with no causal information given.
Weather — including hurricanes — accounted for 64 percent of accidents with ground and water pollution, and 27 percent of accidents with air emissions.