St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (August 22, 2020)– Early Saturday, after experiencing very heavy rainfall in a short period of time, one of our storm water handling pumps failed. This resulted in an overflow from our contained storm water system into an open containment pond. The overflow contained quantities of oil along with the storm water. The oil is contained in the holding pond but is resulting in odors. Efforts are underway to recover the oil. Additionally, there is a light sheen at the stormwater outfall in the harbor which is contained by the permanent boom system. Limetree’s Emergency response team and NRC oil spill response organization was immediately deployed to maintain containment and recover the oil.
Limetree has notified all applicable regulatory agencies and will provide further updates as it responds to this incident.
Limetree Bay Refinery sincerely apologizes for the impact to the community, and is working to ensure that all controls continue to be in place and to recover the oil as quickly as possible to minimize further impact to the public.
For more information or to report an issue, please contact the Command Center at (340) 692-3495.