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Loire-Atlantique: strong smell of gasoline in Donges due to a leak on a refinery tank


Residents are called upon to limit their movement in the town of the commune as well as outdoor activities.

Le Figaro Nantes

Wednesday evening, shortly before 9 p.m., a gasoline leak was detected on one of the tanks of the Donges refinery (Loire-Atlantique) located in the Magouëts storage park.

“The leak is located on an agitator of the tank and the product is contained in the retention basin provided for this purpose”

, indicates the management of the site in a press release posted online this Thursday morning.

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An intervention is still in progress to manage this incident.

Total Energy indicates that an internal operation plan has been launched until it is resolved.

Since Wednesday evening, the teams mobilized have already carried out several maneuvers, in particular the

"installation of an insulating mat made up of water and foam in the retention basin to limit the risks associated with gasoline and odors"

as well as the

“emptying of the tank by loading a boat”

and a

“transfer to another tank to limit the duration of the leak”


The leak limited to a “residual trickle”

According to the site management, these technical interventions made it possible to

"significantly reduce the leak towards the retention basin"


This would now be

“limited to a residual net”


At the same time, operations are underway to allow the product contained in the basin to be emptied following the leak.

No specific timetable has been communicated regarding the recovery of the situation.

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In its press release, the management of the site recognizes that the product contained in the recovery basin

"leads to gasoline odors which are felt in the town of Donges"


To estimate the health impact, air quality measurements were carried out.

They are still ongoing.

No health impact according to the prefecture

On this point, the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique wants to be more precise.

In a press release, it indicates that these measurements take place

“every hour and in different areas of the city in order to monitor air quality”


It specifies that

“the first results do not indicate any health impact for the population”


According to the State services, since the detection of the leak, there has been no report to the emergency services for people inconvenienced or unwell.

Despite everything,

"to avoid any olfactory discomfort"

, it is recommended to the inhabitants of the surroundings to

"limit their movements outside in the village of Donges, as well as outdoor activities"


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Air quality measurements should continue during the day.

For its part, a service of the Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing (DREAL) will conduct an on-site inspection in the morning.

Source: lefigaro

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