The Martinez Refining Firm introduced that their namesake refinery had launched a “small quantity” of coke mud on Saturday, persevering with a virtually 15- month sample of chemical releases courting again to Thanksgiving, 2022.
The corporate mentioned that the incident occurred at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday whereas petroleum coke, a black soot chemically much like charcoal, was being transported throughout the refinery. On social media, the Martinez Refining Firm mentioned a “small quantity” of the mud turned airborne “for a brief time period,” however that their staff rapidly responded. In line with the assertion, no coke mud escaped the refinery grounds.
Refinery officers didn’t clarify how the mud turned airborne.
Contra Costa Well being, the county well being company, mentioned they have been knowledgeable quickly after the incident and had deployed a hazmat workforce. Neighborhood members on Fb expressed skepticism that the coke mud didn’t escape the refinery.
The refinery is dealing with a collection of lawsuits and investigations for its chemical releases over the previous 12 months and a half, starting with an incident on Thanksgiving eve, 2022, when greater than 20 tons of spent catalyst containing heavy metals was launched into the encompassing group.
The Martinez Refining firm apologized for the most recent incident, and provided a group inquiry telephone quantity at 925-313-3777.