Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Suncor Refinery Unleashes Plume of “Catalyst Material” in Malfunction

Burnett said it appeared a blower on the unit that processes crude oil stopped working, causing the catalyst material to escape as a yellowish, grayish material until the unit could be shut down.

The unit is is involved in processing gasoline from crude oil, she said.

“It was very short,” Burnett said. “It lasted less than a few minutes.”

She said federal agencies that regulate the plant will be notified to allow them to investigate further, if they wish, she said.

via Plume of "dust" from Suncor refinery shuts roads briefly – The Denver Post.

I don’t know how to break it to people, but toxic clouds are spewing out of that place all the time, by design.



Suncor’s benzene still flowing into South Platte

It’s one of Denver’s many delightful quirks!

Six months after Suncor Energy’s oil refinery contaminated Sand Creek and nearby property, obstacles remain in containing the pollution, and a full cleanup may be years away.

via Suncor spill clean-up months, years away – The Denver Post.

This is Denver’s drinking water. Serves us right?



Denver: Taste the Benzene

I’m offering that up as a possible new official slogan for the city.

“Benzene, also known as benzol, is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor. Benzene evaporates into air very quickly and dissolves slightly in water. Benzene is highly flammable. Most people can begin to smell benzene in air at 1.5-4.7 parts of benzene per million parts of air (ppm) and smell benzene in water at 2 ppm. Most people can begin to taste benzene in water at 0.5-4.5 ppm. One part per million is approximately equal to one drop in 40 gallons….”

From http://www.eco-usa.net/toxics/chemicals/benzene.shtml



Suncor refinery benzene still in the Platte River

From a new article by Bruce Finley in the Denver Post.

Yes, this is Denver drinking water. They don’t even know where the leak is.



LA Times on Suncor ooze

What's in black ooze near Colorado river? Benzene and a mystery – latimes.com.

The short article passes over some choice tidbits, the fact that the health dept. knew about this for a month and did nothing until a fisherman wrote about the spill on his blog, that the dudes at the nearby water treatment plant had to wear respirators due to mystery fumes for a week but nobody thought to trace the source, etc.



Suncor spill ignored for a month until fisherman writes about it on blog
November 30, 2011, 05:03
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Update for pipeline haters: This is apparently a ruptured underground pipeline, and a PR disaster.

Sludge in the N. Platte at Sand Creek confluence ignored. State Health Dept. records tell the story.

Denver Post, Nov. 30, 2011