Chevron reports spilling of sulfur

Published 9:25 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chevron Corp. says a pipeline leak at its Pascagoula refinery dumped molten sulfur into Bayou Casotte on Sunday.

Chevron spokesman Steve Renfroe says the spill happened about 11 a.m. Sunday while a barge was being loaded with the hot, liquid sulfur. He tells the Mississippi Press in Pascagoula that the sulfur cooled into a solid state once in the water.

Renfroe says the pipeline repair should be completed Tuesday and divers would retrieve the solid blocks of sulfur from the bayou floor.

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The refinery, which refines up to 330,000 barrels of crude oil a day, removes sulfur from the oil when making its fuel products.

Sulfur, a yellow-colored nonmetallic element, is nontoxic.