Louisiana’s 17 refineries reported 354 accidents to the state in 2010, with Exxon’s two refineries accounting for more than one-third, or 133 incidents, of the total, according to a report released by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an environmental protection group.
“The oil industry has an accident problem in this state,” Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, said in a news release. “The industry remains in denial – even in the aftermath of the BP Disaster.” Oil industry accidents in the Gulf of Mexico numbered 3,700 oil from September 2010 to September 2011.
The accident account comes from reports the refineries filed with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Those numbers are part of the Bucket Brigade’s annual report on the refining industry: Common Ground: Why Cooperation to Reduce Accidents at Louisiana Refineries is Needed Now.
The report calls for the hiring of more workers at the plants to do maintenance, replace old pipes and operate the facilities. Faulty piping and tubing were implicated in 12 percent of all emissions and 68 percent of ground/water emissions.
The report also recommends more vigorous federal enforcement of regulations.