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INDSPEC Chemical Corporation Oleum Release
Location: Petrolia, PA
Incident Occurred On: 10/11/2008
Final Report Released On: 09/30/2009
Incident Type: Release
Company Name: INDSPEC Chemical Corporation

investigation information

Incident Description
On October 11, 2008, a transfer operation overflowed an oleum process tank, filling a vent system and releasing the oleum into a storage building at Indspec Chemical Corporation in Petrolia, Pennsylvania . The release of oleum created a cloud of sulfuric acid mist that filled the building and flowed out into the facility and surrounding community. Plant personnel evacuated the facility, while emergency responders evacuated about 2,500 residents from the towns of Petrolia, Bruin, and Fairview.
Investigation Status
The CSB case study was issued on 9.30.2009.



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