Operational issue at Puget Sound Refinery
Sep 21, 2021
At approximately 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, Shell Puget Sound Refinery activated its emergency evacuation sirens due to a leak of a process stream containing Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) within the refinery, and non-essential personal were evacuated as a precaution.
There are no indications of offsite impacts at this time and the source of the leak has been isolated and secured. There have been no injuries reported and appropriate regulatory agencies have been notified. Refinery personnel continues to monitor for potential offsite impacts and we will continue to keep the local community informed.
The health and safety of our employees, contractors and the community are our number one priority, and we would like to thank our outstanding personnel for their quick and ongoing response to this issue.
Per standard operating procedure, following an evacuation event, our emergency response teams issued an “all-clear” at approximately 3:35 p.m. At that time, the refinery evacuation sirens sounded again letting non-essential personnel know they could return to their workstations inside the refinery.
We would to thank our outstanding Operations and Emergency Response teams for safely and effectively responding to this issue.
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