Proposed chemical site worries Casper residents

By: AP
By: AP

Casper, WY (AP) - Some residents of a neighborhood in Casper say they're worried about a proposed facility that would store diesel fuel and other flammable liquids.

Oilfield services company Thomas Petroleum is seeking a permit from Natrona County to store up to 500,000 gallons of diesel, oil and other chemicals needed to operate drilling rigs. The chemicals would be stored on a site the company has reached an agreement to buy on the condition that it can get the permit.

The Natrona County Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the permit Wednesday.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports local residents worry the chemicals could be unsafe. A real estate agent representing Thomas Petroleum says the company has never recorded a spill or fire in its 34 years of operation.

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