BP had sulfur dioxide leak at Texas City refinery

BP Plc has halted a sulfur dioxide leak at its Texas City refinery in Texas, according to a city official.

There is an ongoing leak of mercaptans at the refinery, Bruce Clawson, the local emergency management coordinator, said in a telephone interview today. Mercaptans are an odor added to natural gas.

Sulfur dioxide leaked from a unit inside the refinery yesterday, according to a filing with the National Response Center.

U.S. companies must notify the response center if they release hazardous substances in excess of reportable quantities according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund. Bloomberg News couldn’t immediately verify that the information in the NRC filing was accurate.

The refinery has a capacity of 475,000 barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.