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Evergreen Owners Might Sell Company, City Says

The Argus reported that the Newark-based oil refinery's plant manager has resigned.

From a two-alarm blaze last year to a recent oil leak, has made headlines for numerous reasons in the past 18 months.

While the Newark-based oil refinery’s management team has made efforts to make changes to better its operations and reputation within the community, more changes are coming, according to a report by the Argus.

The Argus reported Sunday that the company and plant could be sold in the near future and that Newark’s Evergreen plant manager Bob Gwaltney has resigned.

Here’s more from the report:

"The owners are looking to sell the company and the plant," said Terrence Grindall, Newark's community development director.

Whoever buys the company could shutter the facility, or it could continue the same operations employed by Evergreen, Grindall said.

"Whatever happens, we'll continue to work with them to address any problems," he said.

Evergreen Oil officials reached by phone this week declined to comment on the company's sale.

Meanwhile, another major change looms -- plant manager Bob Gwaltney has taken a new job, with Friday his last day with Evergreen. He will be replaced by George Lamont, the company's executive vice president, who will manage the Newark facility until a permanent candidate is hired.

Read the full report from The Argus by clicking here.

What do you think of the coming changes to Evergreen Oil? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Les James January 22, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I just move a two miles south, now on Elm and Wells Street in Newark. The odor is horrible. I have to shut the windows and bring my kids in the house. My daughters have asthma and this truely exacerbates their breathing, especially at night.
Les James January 22, 2013 at 06:57 PM
As noted previously, I moved from Haley and Rochelle Streets to Elm and Wells Streets here in Newark. I never noticed the stench of the refinery when I lived further "north," but I am now experiencing headaches, nausea and dizziness ever since I moved here on December 1, 2012. Although we need to keep all the jobs we can in these economic times, you cannot put a price tag on one's health and the health of their children. Refineries should not be allowed to operate so close to residential areas. Although Evergreen is probably operating within the so-called specifications outlined by the EPA, this facility should be forced to close. Petitions need to be completed and class-action lawsuits would help expedite this process. I wonder if this has not already been attempted.
Jennifer January 22, 2013 at 08:34 PM
There has been a long time problem with illegal emissions. They kept things under control before they requested their expansion, but it is back to being a problem. It uaually smells like garlic or natural gas. That is why PGE has a fit, becaue they are the ones usually called. Evergreen is having their community meeting tonight at Silliman, 1-22, so that is a good time to complain.
Nadja Adolf January 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM
A thing to remember is that much of the newer development areas in the southwest portion of Newark suffer from being sited on contaminated soil. There is one development that has monitors installed in the garages - and the entire area is paved to try and cap the contaminants. Much of the proposed area slated for new developments in Areas 3&4 is severely contaminated.
Nadja Adolf January 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM
If I were you, I'd ask the city to show you the soils report for where you live. The city seems to really not like talking about the developments allowed on top of toxic waste and likes to suggest other causes of health problems. The site for the proposed new school - a contaminated lot - is currently considered unsafe for any use other than office space or industrial. The state considers it unsafe for adults to live there, let alone for children to go to school on that site. The city proposes handing over the lot as it is, contaminated, although an earlier agreement required the developer to clean the site.


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