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157K Barrel Oil Spill Occurs at Paulsboro, Nj Refinery

West Deptford Patch -- A leak at a container at the Paulsboro refinery led to a major oil spill, equalling nearly a day's worth of refining capacity, Thursday afternoon, but the spill was contained to the refinery and poses no major health risks, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

As of 6 p.m., around 157,000 barrels of oil—or 6.6 million gallons—had spilled into an emergency containment area, which is cut off by a large berm near the tank, according to the DEP. The containment was preventing the oil from spreading beyond the immediate area, and the DEP said the Delaware River and groundwater should be safe from contamination.

Initial air tests by the Gloucester County Department of Health and refinery personnel indicated no serious health risk from the odor from the leaki


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Submitted Feb 24, 2012 By: Joeski1
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:58:04 PM

LOL, tea. Do you ever read the side effects of prescription drugs?

They'll be putting out a printed warning label on 'hopium' soon!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:35:29 PM

BIG OIL & GAS love us

If you can smell it? Then you are inhaling it into your body.

FYI - Crude Oil and Your Health - Crude oil contains highly toxic chemicals ... :

Exposure to crude oil in the air can cause difficulty breathing, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. Even brief exposure can cause health problems for people with asthma, COPD, and other respiratory problems.

Direct contact with contaminated water can cause skin damage.

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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:34:47 PM

Great! Another spill. This time in my backyard.
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ktbaeohana
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 11:52:07 AM

Make sure the company Paulsboro refinery clean their mess not the taxpayer.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 11:49:07 AM

The company needs to pay for the cleanup without passing on the costs to the consumer.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 11:41:48 AM

At $110/barrel that's over $17 million the refiner needs to recoup at the pump before adding clean up costs
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 11:32:51 AM

From article- "DEP spokesman Lawrence Hanja said the Paulsboro Refining Company and its parent company, PBF Energy, are responsible for the cleanup."

Also, good to see the spill was contained as the containment berms performed as intended. They will be able to pump the oil into other storage facilities on site. Rain or no rain the oil should still be able to be refined. No health risk and nobody hurt are both good news.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 11:16:54 AM

"...no serious health risk from the odor..." Oh, I'm sure that's of little comfort to those gagging on those noxious fumes.

Thanks, Joeski1, for the article and common-sense posts.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 10:54:53 AM

Hi Joeski1; better article. Thanks.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 10:37:31 AM

Good catch!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 10:15:45 AM

Nice catch!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 10:12:24 AM

It seems any excuse will do.
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 9:54:18 AM

I also want to comment that it rained fairly heavy last night and this morning and this 'containment area' is an open air containment area...

any oil in this area has mixed with rainwater from last nights and todays rains....

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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 9:33:11 AM

It seems any excuse will do for the price of gas to go up these days. Maybe this spill in NJ explains why the price in the SF Bay Area went up 12 cents today after going up at least 15 cents less than a week ago. Crooks!!
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 9:33:08 AM

I also note complaints of headaches in the comments section on the page of this article...

west deptford is about 6 miles away and I had a pounding headache as well since last night and can smell a unusually fowl odor in our area as well...
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2012 9:29:44 AM

wanted to give a better view of the amount of waste and the fact that the ultimate cost of cleanup is passed onto consumers as 'business as usual'
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