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Shell releases Acid Gas into environment at Deer Park Refinery

On three dates, records showed, Shell emitted more toxic compounds in a single day than its permits allowed in an entire year.

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Shell Reports Equipment Failure, Flaring at Deer Park, Texas, Refinery -Filing

Published March 10, 2013 by Dow Jones Newswires

Shell Oil Co. said equipment failure at its Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park, Texas, resulted in flaring Saturday, when a release of acid gas was routed to a flare stack during normal procedures, a report to the U.S. National Response Center said.

The filing didn’t specify which unit or units were involved in the incident, nor did it say whether the event had an impact on production.

A Shell representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.

The 327,000-barrel-a-day Deer Park Refinery is operated by Shell Oil, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA RDSA.LN RDSB RDSB.LN), in partnership with PMI Norteamerica S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

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RELATED: Small Fire at Deer Park, Texas, Refinery Quickly Extinguished

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Shell Oil Co. on Monday said a small fire that occurred at its Deer Park Refinery, in Deer Park, Texas, early Saturday morning was quickly extinguished by on-site emergency responders.

The refinery on Saturday reported equipment failure and emissions of acid gas to the U.S. National Response Center. It wasn’t clear whether this event was in any way related to the fire.

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: Shell Chemical LP and Shell Oil Company fined $345,744 Deer Park Refinery unauthorized emissions: 2 April 2008

The Dallas Morning News: EPA echoes activists in challenging Texas’ air pollution permits, practices, commission: 23 June 2009

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Public interest groups have sued Texas companies under the federal Clean Air Act to force pollution cuts that neither the state nor the EPA had achieved. In one such case, Environment Texas and the Sierra Club sued Shell’s massive refinery and chemical complex in Deer Park, near Houston, in early 2008. Despite Shell’s state permits, the environmental groups found more than 1,000 occasions from 2003-06 when emissions exceeded hourly limits, which are meant to protect the public from acute, short-term harm. On three dates, records showed, Shell emitted more toxic compounds in a single day than its permits allowed in an entire year.

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