Division of Spill Prevention and Response

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Incident Description

Location Flint Hills Resources Oil Refinery in North Pole.
Product/Quantity Flint Hills Resources estimates approximately 1,800 gallons of crude oil was released into Tank 103’s secondary containment at Flint Hills Resources Oil Refinery.
Cause The exact cause of the spill is unknown at this time. A suspected sump system valve is being examined to determine if crude oil back flowed into the containment area from the system piping. The suspected valve was closed when the incident occurred.
Time/Date of Incident

A Flint Hills Resources operator discovered the spill while conducting a routine inspection on February 26 at 3:30 PM. The spill was reported to ADEC at 3:27 PM on February 28, 2012.

Situation Reports
03/01/2012 (PDF 35K)
 
For more information

Paul Lhotka at (907) 451-2175