Fort Laramie residents voice concerns about new oil facility

Jul 10, 2013

Residents of Fort Laramie say they’re concerned about pollution, noise, and safety issues associated with a proposed oil loading terminal.

Steve Fullmer argues against granting an air quality permit to Eighty Eight Oil LLC for its proposed oil loading station in Fort Laramie.
Credit Willow Belden

The facility, which would be built on the northwest end of town, would take oil from pipelines and transfer it to rail cars, to be transported to the east and west coasts.

Officials from the company building the facility have promised to use technology that would destroy 98 percent of harmful emissions. But during an quality permit hearing hosted by the Department of Environmental Quality yesterday, resident Steve Fullmer expressed concern.

“Prevailing winds ensure that the vast majority of days, the remaining 2 percent of methyl-ethyl-bad-shit not destroyed in the combustion control device will plume directly over the town of Fort Laramie before dissipating,” Fullmer said.

Joyce Evans, another resident, said she’s also worried about safety.

“As evidenced by recent events in Canada, there’s a real concern that some of the air pollution produced by this facility could actually come from the incineration of our community and its residents,” Evans said. “I don’t want that to happen.”