Thursday, October 7, 2010

Exxon (NYSE:XOM) Louisiana Refinery Has Hydrogen Sulfide Leak

Hydrogen sulfide, a hazardous material which in high concentrations can result in death, is leaking from an Exxon refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana.

In low concentrations the results can “irritate the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory system,” according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Exxon said the levels being monitored aren't harmful at this time.

The leak, which evidently started on Wednesday, was attempted to be kept from going offsite by creating what was identified as a "large water curtain," according to a Bloomberg report.

It wasn't known if the death of a contractor at the refinery yesterday was connected to the leak.

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