Murphy Oil Reaches Settlement with EP...

Murphy Oil Reaches Settlement with EPA Over Clean Air Act

There are 1 comment on the ArkansasBusiness.com story from Sep 28, 2010, titled Murphy Oil Reaches Settlement with EPA Over Clean Air Act. In it, ArkansasBusiness.com reports that:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that Murphy Oil USA Inc., part of Murphy Oil Corp.

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air quality concerns

Chalmette, LA

#1 Oct 8, 2010
The toxicity of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is comparable with that of hydrogen cyanide.

Research in the citizenís enforcement suit (against Murphy Oilís Meraux Louisiana refinery) found that Louisiana DEQ had issued a Title V air permit to Murphy Oil which did not authorize H2S emissions or releases, except as a fugitive emission. Yet, Murphy Oil was sending H2S to the flares and reporting releases of the poisonous gas.

Provisions of the EPA consent decree with Murphy Oil restrict acid gas and sour gas flaring and limit the amount of H2S sent to the flares.

For Meraux, the CD also requires, by the end of 2016, construction, operation, and maintenance of a fuel gas recovery system; perhaps something which should have been implemented long ago. The CD also requires more continuous on site monitoring, with an air monitoring station in the surrounding community of Chalmette, LA. Chalmette and Meraux are located in a non-attainment area for the new EPA sulfur dioxide health standards; so even the minimal reductions for SO2 emissions will result in immediate and significant air quality improvements.

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