Chevron reports sulfur leak from Pascagoula refinery
By April M. Havens
October 26, 2009, 6:18PM
PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Chevron Corp. today said a pipeline leak at its Pascagoula refinery dumped molten sulfur into Bayou Casotte on Sunday morning.
The company initially reported a 4-ton spill, but the actual amount “is much less than that,” spokesman Steve Renfroe said. “But we don’t have a final number yet.”
The spill happened at about 11 a.m. Sunday while a barge was being loaded with the hot, liquid sulfur, he said.
“As soon as we noticed there was a leak in the pipeline, we stopped,” Renfroe said. “We’re in the process of repairing the line and retrieving the sulfur.”
The pipeline repair should be complete Tuesday, Renfroe said, and divers will retrieve the solid blocks of sulfur from the bayou floor.
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality officials said the sulfur is non-toxic and should not harm wildlife or people.