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Normal flaring conditions at North Baton Rouge refinery likely cause of rumble noises

1 year 5 months 1 week ago Wednesday, December 14 2022 Dec 14, 2022 December 14, 2022 10:13 PM December 14, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Residents across the Greater Baton Rouge area have reported hearing a low rumbling noise Wednesday night, likely from flaring at the Exxon plant. 

Exxon Mobil Baton Rouge said their plant is experiencing "operational issues" causing flaring that is expected to last through Thursday. 

Flaring is a safety measure to convert gases into carbon dioxide and water vapor and is considered to be a safe, environmentally acceptable way to control excess process gases.

Flaring is not a concern to residents' safety but can produce low rumbling noises and even high-frequency noises that can sound like a jet plane overhead. 

While Exxon said the refinery could not comment on the specific operational issues, the business stressed the flaring was not a result of an emergency situation.

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