A series of oil sheens on the North Platte River near the former Casper Amoco Refinery that were first sighted last year have returned. The sheens, which are confounding those who monitor the former refinery site, began appearing along a 300-yard stretch of the river in the vicinity of the Poplar Street Bridge, according to Keith Guille, public information officer for the state DEQ. Guille said that BP — Amoco’s successor company — and the DEQ are working together to find the source of the sheens. Over the course of 80 years, about 30 million gallons of crude oil and refined hydrocarbons — or three times what the Exxon Valdez spilled off the Alaskan coast in 1989 — spilled onto the refinery’s grounds, according to a previous Star-Tribune report.Pinedale residents angry with ozone levels in Sublette County have been bombarding Republican Governor Matt Mead with phone calls and emails.
Friday, April 15, 2011
BP spill on Wyoming's N. Platte River
From the Casper Star-Tribune reported on Wyoming Public Radio: