Shamrock Products Statement on Victoria, TX Spill and Clean Up Event
On late Wednesday afternoon January 3, 2024, a valve on a petroleum product storage tank was damaged at the Shamrock Products, LLC facility at the Port of Victoria. Approximately 300 barrels of material stored in the tank were spilled into the storage berm and were, fortunately, contained with none entering the Victoria Barge Canal. The material in the tank consisted of crude oil, mercaptan, fuel oil, B38 (solvent), and reruns (cracked hydrocarbons). We understand there are complaints of a cat-urine/ammonia odor and rumors of a release of product with H2S (hydrogen sulfide). None of our products contained ammonia or detectable levels of H2S. The odor emanating from our product was from the Mercaptan.
Mercaptan is commonly used in petroleum refining processes and has a strong, pungent odor which is very distinctive and led to the odor incident which spread throughout the Coastal Bend due to the prevailing winds. This product can be detected at parts per billion (ppb), versus other products that are parts per million (ppm). At the ppb levels, there is no risk to the surrounding communities other than the noticeable nuisance from the odor.
We notified authorities of the spill and began remediation efforts in coordination with local, state, and federal authorities.
Since the spill occurred, air monitoring has not revealed levels of hazardous materials which would be cause for concern. We are actively working to resolve this matter, including with local authorities to keep them advised.
We apologize for any inconvenience,
Shamrock Products LLC
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