I was alerted to this issue by a neighbor walking her dog past my house as I arrived home from Wallasey Town Hall. So I went to investigate. My first thoughts were of Nustar and the increased storage capacity that has been granted by WBC planning dept, but was relieved to see that this was not the case. As I approached North Road it was clear that it was emanating from Essar Oil who occupy the old Shell Oil site. It is this type of incident, which is not classed as an accident but a malfunction, that causes me great concern over the application of Hydrodecs proposed siting of their oil re-refinery so close to Eastham residents.
Phil also went to investigate taking the picture above and including it in his correspondence:
I spotted the quantity of black smoke coming towards Wirral from the Stanlow direction on my way home from the Town Hall on Tuesday. I viewed it from Mayfields Drive in Eastham around 6,30. I have seen this account (below) on the Ellesmere Port Pioneer website.
Might Wirral have received some fuller information from CWAC or the company?
Thanks. Phil Gilchrist
Company reassures worried residents there is no cause for concern
- 18:40, 30 June 2015
- ByMichael Green
Smoke coming from one of the stacks at Essar Stanlow near Ellesmere Port
Smoke has been billowing from one of the stacks at Essar Stanlow but the company has reassured residents in Ellesmere Port there is no cause for concern.
The Chronicle and Pioneer have been receiving phone calls and social media messages from residents in the area worried about the excessive amounts of smoke coming from the oil refinery this evening (Tuesday, June 30).
A security officer at Essar Stanlow said: “There is no incident at Stanlow. However, the flare is active. We are taking steps to bring an operational problem under control but there is no risk and no danger.”
This was echoed by Essar spokesman Ian Cotton who said: “A compressor has tripped on a production plant at the Stanlow refinery. As a consequence there has been a big increase in flaring while we get the compressor back online. This should be fixed within an hour.”