Oil from the Exxon Mobil Beaumont refinery has spilled outside the facility onto a nearby county road, spokeswoman Ashley Alemayehu said.
“We reported to the government not too long ago that we are monitoring a sheen on Gulf States Road,” she said. That road, owned by the county, runs between Exxon Mobil and Arkema facilities towards the Neches River.
The lower part of the refinery is flooding, she said. “The levee for the refinery is at 10 feet,” and water has gone over it.
The refinery is working to contain the spill and has “deployed emergency response teams to provide additional environmental protection.” The company has notified authorities.
Exxon Mobil’s chemical plant is still dry, she said, and parts of the refinery at higher elevation are secure.