Petrochemical Plant Construction Starts After Gas Leak
Louisiana has had an extremely difficult couple of months.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana State Guard were forced to shut down all the local and state-owned petrochemicals plants after a natural gas leak at a petrochemist in Louisiana’s Baton Rouge suburb of New Orleans.
The leak forced the evacuation of a half-million people and shut down a major artery of the city, the Louisiana Purchase.
“This was a very difficult situation and the Department of Environment and the State of Louisiana will continue to work with the local community to assist the state and local government with their response,” said Louisiana State Director of Natural Resources Bill DeGrave, a statement from the DEQ.
The DEQ and the state’s Guard both shut down the plants after the leak.
Petrochemical giant BASF is still processing the waste from the plant and is planning to make repairs on the facilities.
The State of New York has also been working to get the petro chemical company to make the necessary repairs.
It was the second major gas leak in just a week.
A week ago, an oil refinery in New York City was evacuated after a leak.
That refinery’s owner, Sempra Energy, said that the leak was not a natural one.
The company had been working on a natural-gas pipeline that would have transported oil to the site.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he had met with the company to discuss the leak and the emergency response.
In Louisiana, the leak has also led to the closure of all of the petrocollier plants in the state, including the petroglyph plant in New Orleans’ Lafayette.
The state said it will not reopen the petroliferous plants until the repairs are completed.
BASF has said that it will complete the repairs in time.
According to Bloomberg, BASF said it would begin work on the repairs “soon.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said on Sunday that he was aware of the leak, but said that “it’s not the fault of anybody.”
The governor also said that BASF would not reopen its petrolineries until the company fixes the leak first.
Landrieu and other officials have repeatedly blamed the spill on the natural gas industry, including for the collapse of the New York subway system.
The city is also suing the oil company for failing to warn about the spill.
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Oil and gas companies in Louisiana are bracing for the spill, which could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, according to Bloomberg.
The BP refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, is currently closed due to the leak at its facility, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
An official at the Baton Rouge plant said that workers were working on the plant’s exterior but that the gas leak had not been fully repaired.
“There’s no indication of anything in the pipeline yet,” said David Haddad, the plant operator.
Pete Sager, CEO of New Brunswick-based BASF, said in a statement that he and the company were “aware of the spill and are working on addressing the situation.”
“Our thoughts are with all affected businesses,” Sager said.
Haddad said the gas had leaked from the Petroglypy plant’s underground tank and was being pumped out to the nearby Petrogylpipeline, a pipeline that connects the Petrolifer and Petrolier plant.
At the moment, it is unclear what caused the leak or how much it will cost to fix the spill at the PetroChemicals plant, according the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
A state-by-state map showing the extent of the gas spill in the U.S.