Oct 23, 2013 12:19 PM by Letitia Walker
Update on Geismar Plant Situation: According to Captain James Snelson with the Iberville Sheriff's Office, the all clear has been given at the chemical plant in Geismar. Snelson says a message regarding a bomb threat was written on the stall of a portable bathroom. The plant was shut down and searched; nothing was found.
Williams Olefins, LLC, the owner of the facility, released the following statement:
"Activity is resuming at Williams Olefins LLC's facility in Geismar, La., following the company's evacuation of personnel this morning in response to a non-specific security threat.
The company and contractors began evacuating approximately 1,700 personnel from the facility at approximately 8:30 a.m. Plant safety personnel conducted a thorough sweep of the grounds and at 10:45 a.m. determined the facility clear for workers to return and activity to resume.
The company worked in coordination with law-enforcement personnel from Ascension and Iberville parishes, as well as the St. Gabriel police and fire departments. Plant personnel also notified the state police.
Current activity at the Williams Olefins facility in Geismar consists primarily of construction work to expand plant capacity and repair a section of the plant damaged in an operation-related explosion on June 13. The company previously has announced it expects to restart the plant and bring the expansion online in early April next year."