Baton Rouge residents may notice a flare at the ExxonMobil refinery today, the company posted to its Facebook page on Wednesday morning.
ExxonMobil is flaring excess hydrocarbons due to a compressor malfunction inside the refinery, according to the company. Flaring is considered a safety device to reduce build-up in the system or used to get rid of chemicals not valuable in the refining process by burning them.
"We apologize for any inconvenience this flaring may cause," according to a statement from Exxon Mobil. "We are working to minimize the flaring as operations return to normal."
The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge chemical plant is flaring, and company officials said the flames from the Scenic Highway facility do not indicate a…