Phillips 66 spokeswoman Diane Anderson released the following information after an incident at the Ponca City Refinery on Tuesday afternoon:
“At approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, a unit upset occurred at the Phillips 66 Ponca City Refinery, located at 1000 South Pine Street, resulting in a brief release of catalyst which is used in the refining process.
“After the release, seven individuals from the community sought medical attention at a local emergency room and have since been released.
“Our emergency response team immediately responded to the incident. No external readings have been detected by monitoring equipment at our fenceline or adjacent community.
“The safety of our community, the environment and our people are of the utmost importance to Phillips 66, and these priorities will guide our efforts as we investigate the cause of this incident.
“For residents awareness our community hotline is (580) 767-7130.”
Kimberlyn Bivins, Director of Marketing atAllianceHealth Ponca City, issued this release on Wednesday:
“The Emergency Department at AllianceHealth Ponca City received seven patients yesterday that had been exposed to a catalyst released by Phillips 66 Refinery. All patients were treated and discharged in good condition. There were no acute health hazards associated with the catalyst.
“As a team at AllianceHealth Ponca City we work closely with our first responders and Emergency Management Services to be prepared for emergent situations,” said Chris Mendoza, CEO of AllianceHealth Ponca City. “I would like to thank Phillips 66 and our local EMS for their quick response to the situation. I am extremely proud of our Emergency Department and staff for their teamwork and outstanding care for our patients.”
Updates on this story will be posted as additional information becomes available.