July 27, 2012
The Texaco oil refinery was a fixture in Craig from 1926 to 1947. Waste from the facility has been linked to soil and groundwater contamination on the west side of Craig, according to a report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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CDPHE: Texaco potential source of soil, water contamination
Some of Craig’s hotels, businesses and residences may be sitting atop contaminated soils and ground water reserves from an oil refinery abandoned more than 65 years ago. City of Craig and Moffat County employees were recently made aware of the potential soil and groundwater contamination on the west side of Craig by representatives of the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Among some of the suspected soil contaminants in unknown volumes are sludge, oily waste, solvents, pesticides, organic and inorganic chemicals, acids, bases, and heavy metals, according to a July 16 Department of Public Health and Environment report. Elevated levels of arsenic, lead, chromium and zinc — in volumes exceeding Colorado Basic Standards for Groundwater — also are suspected in some of Craig’s surface and shallow groundwater reserves.