DEQ refuses to discuss Sinclair fine
Cheyenne, Wy – The director of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says he will not publicly disclose the amount his agency is seeking to fine Sinclair Oil for a massive spill. The May 3 spill at the Sinclair Refinery east of Rawlins
released nearly 3 million gallons of gasoline-grade fluid. The
state cited Salt Lake City-based Sinclair on Dec. 30 for not acting
to prevent the spill.
Department Director John Corra said Wednesday he's concerned
that if the penalty the state is seeking were made public, Sinclair
would have less incentive to settle the violation without going to
Corra says the amount will be released after the two sides
negotiate the penalty as part of a settlement.