WPR News
6:04 pm
Mon January 11, 2010

DEQ issues violation notice to Sinclair Refinery

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has issued a violation notice against Sinclair Refinery for a spill that happened back in May. The spill released nearly 3 million gallons of potentially explosive fluid.
The department says in the notice that Sinclair failed to correct problems that led to the spill.
It happened May 3 at the plant near Rawlins when a floating storage tank roof took on fluid and sank. The roof punctured the tank bottom, causing the release of 65,000 barrels of gasoline-grade fluid.
Bob Breuer (BREW'-er), an inspection and enforcement manager for the DEQ, says the agency is seeking a penalty against Sinclair. He declined to disclose the penalty amount.
Refinery manager Mike Bellinger didn't immediately return a message Monday seeking comment.