Exxon’s Texas refinery reports 108,000-pound propylene leak that may have lasted for 8 weeks
Exxon Mobil Corp. has told Texas environmental regulators there was an eight-week-long, 108,000-pound propylene release at the company’s refinery complex near Houston.
Irving, Texas-based Exxon reported to regulators a tubing leak was discovered on June 2 in the chemical plant portion of the sprawling complex in Baytown. The leak was isolated within a half-hour, but Exxon says the leak may have started on April 12.
Propylene is a component of ground-level ozone. According to the report, Exxon isn’t permitted to release any propylene at the olefins plant.