Spill Response from Natural Disaster

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Midland Resource Recovery (MRR) provided odorant spill response when a natural disaster destroyed an odorizer station resulting in contaminated soil, water, equipment and a vacuum truck.

  • Emergency spill response
  • Mercaptan spill response
  • Equipment decommissioning

Challenge: Odorization Station Destroyed
In September 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the Texas coastline causing casualties, floods, massive evacuations, and property destruction. The hurricane destroyed the entire Galveston Texas odorizer station, leaving odorant tanks upheaved and displaced by flooding waters. The spilled mercaptan contaminated water, soil, equipment, and vehicles.

Solution
The local gas company retained MRR to remediate the displaced and damaged equipment, as well as contaminated water. MRR mobilized odorization specialists to the site, and within 48 hours of the initial call, onsite spill response began which lasted two weeks. During this time, MRR located the odorant tanks and properly drained mercaptan from the vessels. MRR prepared the containers for transportation and transferred them to the Philippi West Virginia facility for treatment. In addition to the odorization equipment, other equipment, such as a vacuum truck, a compressor, and valves were treated onsite and decontaminated. All contaminated water was treated onsite.

Results
Within two weeks, MRR had safely mitigated the damages caused by the mercaptan spillage.

Mercaptan Spill Response
If you have an emergency spill requiring timely attention, call us at (304) 457-3910  or contact us now.

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