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Dickinson Police Department
News Release
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Dickinson Bayou chemical spill

January 20, 2018 - 3:15pm

Dickinson Bayou will remain closed to boating and pleasure craft traffic for the remainder of the day while cleanup continues.  

Calumet Dickinson Refining has brought in two separate environmental response companies to expedite the cleanup of product in Dickinson Bayou.   Cleanup is estimated to take less than one day, depending on weather and wind conditions.  

The product is a mixture of oily water, sulfonate solution, and emulsifiers used to lubricate drill bits and act as a rust inhibitor.   The product overflowed from a catch reservoir at a slop oil tank.   Less than 250 gallons of product was lost.  Once company officials were aware of the leak, additional employees were brought in and the company began immediate containment operations prior to the environmental response company’s arrival.   Company officials have been working closely with local and state officials.  The product will not mix with the water or sink to the bottom of the bayou, which will help with cleanup efforts.  

Calumet Dickinson Refining produces food grade and pharmaceutical grade mineral oil in the portion of the plant where the leak occurred.  

Activity along the bayou will continued to be prohibited to prevent the interference with containment and cleanup of the bayou until further notice.   Texas Parks and Wildlife representatives were also at the scene monitoring the situation.   Traffic along Dickinson Bayou is expected to be able to resume on Sunday, January 21, 2018.  

This will be the final update, unless conditions change or cleanup is delayed.

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