WY Refinery Facing Safety Fines

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 11:04 AM gHale

Sinclair Oil Corp. is facing a $201,000 fine for violations stemming from a fire last September at the company’s refinery in south-central Wyoming, state safety regulators said.

No one was hurt in the fire, but the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration (WOSHA) said Wednesday it found seven violations as a result of its investigation into the fire.

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The agency said in two of the violations it determined the company either purposefully disregarded safety regulations or acted with indifference to employee safety.

The refinery has had problems with fires and safety issues in recent years. In 2012, there were three fires at the plant. Last year, OSHA issued more than $700,000 in fines against Sinclair for 22 safety violations, officials said.

The Sinclair refinery processes about 80,000 barrels of crude oil a day, including oil from the Canadian tar sands, into gasoline and diesel. The refinery started up in 1923.

Sinclair issued a statement saying it is working with OSHA to improve safety at the refinery.

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