Westlake Petrochem refinery expects flaring for several hours - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Westlake Petrochem refinery expects flaring for several hours

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -

The Westlake Chemical facility in the Sulphur-Carlyss area will experience flaring for the next several hours, a company spokesman said.

Joe Andrepont, senior community affairs representative for Westlake Petrochem, said the flaring could continue through Friday night and into Saturday morning.

No shelter-in-place was issued, and there were no injuries or any off-site impacts.

Several KPLC viewers said the flaring began Thursday night and was louder and larger than normal.

Andrepont said workers had to do a minor repair on an ethylene unit. To do that, they had to shut the unit down.

"When a unit goes down, you flare for safety," Andrepont said. "You go to the flare again for safety when you bring it back up."

According to the EPA, a flare is an important safety device, particularly at processing plants. In an emergency situation where equipment or piping becomes over-pressured, special valves on the equipment automatically release gas through piping to flare stacks. In the absence of safety flares, plants would be at higher risk for fires and explosions.

Flaring is also very common when shutting down or starting up a unit, the EPA said.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our neighbors," Andrepont said.

Calcasieu OEP Director Dick Gremillion confirmed that his office has not received any report of off-site impact.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Cameron Parish man arrested for school threat

    Cameron Parish man arrested for school threat

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:24 PM EST2018-02-21 19:24:27 GMT

    Deputies arrested a man after he posted a school threat on Facebook. Aaron Labove, 28, posted "I could snap tomorrow and shoot up a school. You don't know me bro" on Facebook. At 8:32 p.m. on this past Tuesday, Cameron Parish Deputies responded to a call warning about the post in Hackberry, Louisiana. No particular school was named in the threat.  Labove admitted to posting the statement and was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana and terrorizing. Search wa...

    More >>

    Deputies arrested a man after he posted a school threat on Facebook. Aaron Labove, 28, posted "I could snap tomorrow and shoot up a school. You don't know me bro" on Facebook. At 8:32 p.m. on this past Tuesday, Cameron Parish Deputies responded to a call warning about the post in Hackberry, Louisiana. No particular school was named in the threat.  Labove admitted to posting the statement and was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana and terrorizing. Search wa...

    More >>
  • Adult tap dancing lessons

    Adult tap dancing lessons

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:37 PM EST2018-02-21 18:37:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    There’s so many ways to work out these days but have you ever thought about tap dancing?

    More >>

    There’s so many ways to work out these days but have you ever thought about tap dancing?

    More >>
  • Legislators express frustration over $1 billion budget shortfall

    Legislators express frustration over $1 billion budget shortfall

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:08 PM EST2018-02-21 18:08:00 GMT
    Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, left, introduces his revenue-raising bills to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. Seated to his right is Luke Morris of the Louisiana Revenue Department.Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, left, introduces his revenue-raising bills to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. Seated to his right is Luke Morris of the Louisiana Revenue Department.
    By Ryan Noonan and Kaylee Poche LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE--Discussion heated up at Tuesday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing, as legislators expressed frustration over the inability of their colleagues to reach an agreement on how to deal with the state’s projected $1 billion budget shortfall. While the lawmakers agreed that revenue-raising measures are necessary to lower the deficit, many were reluctant about to publicly offer tax proposals, i...More >>
    By Ryan Noonan and Kaylee Poche LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE--Discussion heated up at Tuesday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing, as legislators expressed frustration over the inability of their colleagues to reach an agreement on how to deal with the state’s projected $1 billion budget shortfall. While the lawmakers agreed that revenue-raising measures are necessary to lower the deficit, many were reluctant about to publicly offer tax proposals, i...More >>
Powered by Frankly