By Molly Messick
Sinclair, Wy – An official from the Sinclair oil refinery, near Rawlins, says he's working to improve operations at the facility. The refinery reported another release of hydrogen sulfide, a hazardous gas, yesterday.
Refinery officials will meet with the Department of Environmental Quality to discuss the series of spills and releases that have occurred at the facility since the spring. Plant manager Mike Bellinger, who arrived at the refinery in October, says he's making changes. In particular he is working to follow an Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard, with the aim of reducing problems at the site. That OSHA standard is called Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals, or PSM for short.
"If we did our jobs well and operated by the PSM standards as well as we should, it would greatly reduce the number of incidents. I can say that the way I understand how to run a safe facility is to follow those guidelines as closely as I can. And that's what I'll do."
The refinery reported a hydrogen sulfide release to the National Response Center yesterday. Bellinger says that release came after a short power outage. He says the refinery should be able to withstand that kind of power loss, and facility employees are investigating.