Brio Refining Inc. and Dixie Oil Processors Inc. NPL Sites

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Mud Gully, Clear Creek, Galveston Bay


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Financial Summary

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Case Description

The Brio and Dixie Oil Refining Site is located near the city of Friendswood, in southern Harris County, Texas. Between 1957 and 1982, site operations included by-product recycling, copper catalyst regeneration, petrochemical recovery, and jet fuel processing. Contaminants include styrene tars, vinyl chloride, chlorinated solvent residues, metallic catalyst, and fuel oil residues. The site occupies about 58 acres, and drains to a tributary feeding Clear Creek. Large numbers of birds were assumed killed over time in the open pits located on the site. The adjacent South Bend Subdivision was bought out due to a class action suit, and demolition of the homes has been completed. The Trustees and the Responsible Parties agreed upon the creation of 6 acres of freshwater riparian wetland habitat adjacent to Mud Gully in Harris County and the preservation of 100 acres of mature mixed forest with a 19 acre pasture buffer zone. This habitat creation and acquisition compensates the public for injuries to natural resources. The total settlement value at this site is worth over $1.2 million including past assessment and restoration planning costs.

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Case Documents

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Case Contact

Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office

Corpus Christi, TX | (361) 994-9005 |

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