July 17, 2018
A shuttered oil refinery, which sold to Lazarus Energy Holdings in 2015, remains closed under a cleanup order issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Land containing Longview Refinery, which also operated as the Gregg County Refinery, showed contaminates including benzene and toluene, as well as such metals as lead and chromium.
The plant is at 601 Premier Rd., and Gregg County records show that it delivered in the early 1930s. In 2013, investors announced plans to move the refinery activities to Rusk County in East Texas, but local officials note they haven’t heard anything more about that plan.
The EPA reached out to Houston-based Lazarus Energy in an effort to put into place remediation and waste removal from the site. “If it’s cleaned up and remediated, it could be an attractive site with the potential for rail,” Longview Economic Development Corp.’s Wayne Mansfield told the Longview News-Journal.
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