BP ‘quickly’ stops mixture of oil, water release

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by T.J. Aulds / The Daily News

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Posted on January 26, 2011 at 9:17 AM

TEXAS CITY, Texas — No one was hurt when several workers were sprayed by a mixture of water and oil Monday morning at BP’s Texas City refinery.

The spray happened about 7:30 a.m. at the refinery’s Pipestill No. 3, spokesman Michael Marr said, confirming reports.

The release of 82 gallons included water and light catalytic cycle oil, Marr said. Catalytic cycle oil is used in the fluid cracking process to make diesel, jet fuel and heavy fuel oil.

Less than 1 percent of the mixture contained the oil, Marr said. Employees in the area exposed to the mixture had to shower down and change into fresh clothes and boots, Marr said.

He did not say what caused the release but said it was "quickly" stopped.

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