Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA reported a shortage in steam that led to emissions at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.
"A sudden thunderstorm caused a shortage in steam and as a result flaring occurred," the refinery said in a statement to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, noting the emissions happened late Sunday evening and lasted a couple hours.
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"Operations immediately implemented emergency steam shedding in order to reduce and cease all flaring," it added.
The 225,000-barrel-a-day refinery lies east of Houston.
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June 26, 2017 19:16 ET (23:16 GMT)