Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Plans to Fix Tulsa Oil Deposit Fail to Satisfy State Water Board

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Plans to Fix Tulsa Oil Deposit Fail to Satisfy State Water Board

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TULSA (AP) - Officials with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board say they are not satisfied with Sun Refining and Marketing Co.'s plan to remedy nearly 700,000 barrels of refined oil products under its refinery.

The hydrocarbon deposit is part of an estimated 1 million barrels of refined oil products that have accumulated under the Sun refinery and the Sinclair Oil Corp. refinery, both in west Tulsa, The Tulsa Tribune reported in Wednesday's editions.

William Clarke, chief environmental engineer with Sun, said company officials will meet with the water board before the end of August to discuss their concerns and remediation plans.

Clarke said he does not believe the hydrocarbon buildup, the result of leaks in pipes and refinery equipment since the refinery opened in the 1920s, poses a health hazard or an off-site environmental threat.

But state water board officials say they want to be sure a hazard does not exist.

One of the board's concerns is that hydrocarbons or water contaminated by petroleum products may be migrating off the refinery site and into the Arkansas River, officials say.

Officials with both refineries say hydrocarbon buildups have not migrated off refinery grounds.

``We are also concerned with obtaining a complete risk assessment of the potential environmental and public health impacts'' of the buildup, Dave Dillon, chief of the board's water quality division, said in a letter to Sun officials earlier this year.

Water board officials have asked Sun to submit a work plan dealing specifically with hydrocarbon buildup by Aug. 31.

Tom Blachly, head of the water board's compliance and enforcement section, said the buildup of hydrocarbons at Sun is the largest of Oklahoma's five major operating refineries. …

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