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5:21 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Fire burns more than 6 hours at Sinclair refinery

A fire burned for more than six hours at the Sinclair Oil refinery in south-central Wyoming.

Officials with Salt Lake City-based Sinclair say nobody was hurt.

The fire started around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the plant's alkylation unit. The refinery's fire department extinguished the flames around 10 a.m.

The company said in a release it had notified Wyoming workplace safety regulators and begun an investigation. The refinery continued to operate at normal rates.

In 2012, three fires injured seven workers at the refinery in the town of Sinclair.

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3:34 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Sinclair working to fix safety problems, OSHA says

The head of Wyoming’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, says the Sinclair Refinery is working to improve its safety record.

Earlier this week, we reported that OSHA would consider shutting down the refinery if another life-threatening incident happens at the plant.

But the agency’s John Ysebaert says he’s hopeful that that won’t be necessary.

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4:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

OSHA says Sinclair refinery shutdown is on the table

Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, says they would consider shutting down the Sinclair refinery if another serious problem happens there.

The refinery has had a series of fires, explosions, and toxic gas releases in the past few years, and OSHA recently gave Sinclair the highest fine it’s ever given a Wyoming company.

OSHA’s John Ysebaert says they’ve already discussed the possibility of closing the refinery if there’s another serious accident.

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7:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Explosion at Sinclair refinery causes second fire in two months

Sinclair Refinery, Wyoming
Credit Charles Willgren / Wikipedia

An explosion at the Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins on Friday night resulted in a fire.

The explosion occurred around 10 p.m. on Friday. No one was injured, and by 3 a.m. the fire was under control. The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is investigating the incident. The cause is still unknown.

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5:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Two hospitalized after Sinclair refinery fire

Two people were taken to the hospital after a fire started at the Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins yesterday.

John Ysebaert with Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, says the fire started when workers who were erecting scaffolding tripped a valve. That released so-called “super-heated diesel,” which ignites when it hits the atmosphere.

OSHA is investigating the incident.

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4:41 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Sinclair fined for safety violations following diesel leak

Sinclair Oil is being fined $260,000 for safety violations at its refinery near Rawlins. These are on top of violations the company received last year, when repeated explosions and fires injured several plant workers.

The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, inspected the refinery after receiving a complaint about a diesel leak. OSHA’s John Ysebaert says they found that the company wasn’t adequately training its workers, and wasn’t properly labeling chemicals, among other violations.

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3:56 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

EPA fines Sinclair again, for Clean Air Act violations

Once again, Sinclair Oil has agreed to pay a penalty for violating the Clean Air Act at its refinery near Rawlins. The latest fine is for  $378,000.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s David Cobb says the company didn’t have proper procedures in place to prevent the release of hazardous chemicals, and that chemicals were released on several occasions in the past few years. Cobb says violations like this can be dangerous.

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