Isolated oil spill confirmed at CITGO

Isolated oil spill confirmed at CITGO
CITGO oil spill in Indian Marais (Source: Google Maps)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - CITGO has confirmed an oil spill at it's Lake Charles refinery, according to public affairs manager Dana Keel. The spill occurred Sunday night at 8:30 and heavy rainfall is thought to be a factor in the spill. Keel says a small amount of oil was accidentally released through a stormwater outfall and into the Indian Marais.

CITGO released the following statement:

CITGO confirmed that at approximately 8:30p.m. on July 29, 2018, at its Lake Charles Refinery during a period of heavy rain fall, a small amount of oil was inadvertently released through a storm water outfall into the Indian Marais. The source of the leak has been isolated and all regulatory agencies have been notified.  The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Keel says the spill was quickly isolated and stopped and the incident is currently under investigation.

Dick Gremillion, Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director, says there is no impact to public safety.

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