Accident

Update from site of transport trailer gas leak

NEDERLAND — It could take several days to stop a transport trailer leak at a business on Beauxart Garden Road near Highway 69 in Nederland, according to Nederland City Manager Chris Duque.

KFDM/Fox 4’s Mello Styles reported live from the scene Monday night with reaction.

The leak began Saturday from a transport trailer at Nederland Tank Wash. Several residents complained about the odor, telling KFDM/Fox 4 it caused their eyes to burn and made it difficult to breathe.

There are no evacuations but some families tell us they’ve left their homes until the leak is under control.

According to Duque, the product is a mineral oil blend known as Lubrizol 1389 that’s used as a lubricant additive.

He says the product is producing low levels of hydrogen sulfide gas, causing the odor.

The leak is located around a pressure release device on the trailer.

Contractors have installed and are operating equipment allowing vapors to pass through a scrubbing system. Duque says scrubber equipment should help reduce the odor.

The goal is to reduce vapor pressure and monitor product temperature.

“The intensity and location of the odor will vary throughout the day as wind speeds and direction change,” said the city in a 10:30 a.m. statement. “The scrubbers should help reduce the odor. Progress has been made on-site in regard to the odor. Air monitoring will continue, and the City has requested the responsible party establish a phone line for affected residents to contact.”

Duque says the city is asking everyone to avoid the area and for nearby residents to stay inside their homes as much as possible

“The operational period for this incident is currently unknown and has the possibility to last for several days,” said Duque.

KFDM/Fox 4 checked the OSHA website and couldn’t find any violations for the company.

9:00 p.m. UPDATE from City of Nederland – Emergency response crews are still on scene monitoring a leaking transport trailer at this location. The product is a mineral oil blend, known as Lubrizol 1389 that is used as a lubricant additive. The product is producing low levels of hydrogen sulfide gas. The leak is located around a pressure release device on the trailer. Emergency crews are now controlling the vapor with the use of environmental scrubbing cannisters and air monitoring is ongoing around the clock. The road closure is still in place on Beauxart Garden Road. The two factors we are dealing with are vapor pressure and product temperature.

The on-going objective is to reduce vapor pressure through the scrubbing equipment and monitor product temperature.

Because the health and safety of our residents is our highest priority, the City of Nederland asked Nederland Tank Wash to set up a special citizen helpline that residents will be able to call for updates about the cleanup of that company’s container truck that has been leaking noxious vapors in the vicinity of Beauxart Garden Road. The helpline phone number will be posted as soon as it becomes available, likely by noon tomorrow.

The intensity and location of the odor will vary throughout the day as wind speeds and direction change. Progress has been made on-site regarding the odor. We continue to ask everyone to avoid this area and for nearby residents to stay inside their home as much as possible. The operational period for this incident is still unknown and may last for several days. – Nederland City Manager Chris Duque

Written by KFDM/FOX 4

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