Complex cleanup restores old refinery site

In the second stage of the Okmulgee, Okla., refinery cleanup, the partners hired Safety-Kleen Corp. to help remove 916 storage and chemical drums, or 17 large truck loads, from the site. Photo by Bonnie Black, courtesy of Safety-Kleen. Phillips Petroleum Co. recently completed the second phase of cleanup at a former Okmulgee, Okla., refinery. Ultimately, the site will become an industrial park for the community, according to Phillips. The refinery was shut down in 1981 by Basin Refining Inc., Midland, Tex., when Basin declared bankruptcy. The plant was owned by Phillips between 1930 and 1966. Phillips is the only previous refinery operator helping to clean the site. ...

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