Wyoming Refining Company

A video circulating on Facebook features an intense flare at the Wyoming Refining Co. in Newcastle on Sept. 10. The video depicts flares shooting into the sky with a heavy plume of black smoke accompanying the flames.  The video sparked concerns among several people, which were made public through...
Areas in and around Newcastle experienced momentary power outages two days in a row on Aug. 30-31.  The brief outages caused havoc across the city on Tuesday, with a cloud of smoke from the Wyoming Refining Company’s facility sparking a brief shelter in place at Newcastle’s high school and middle...

John Cooksey with his Piper Pacer in Newcastle, Wyoming.  March 1986. Courtesy: Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame.  

 

 

The Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame and the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission have named John B. Cooksey the 2022 inductee into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame, according to a release from the Wyoming Department of Transportation. John B. Cooksey was born in Newcastle, Wyo., on June 18, 1921. He grew...
  10 Stampede St. (307) 363-0999 parpacific.com   Wyoming Refining Company was purchased by Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Houston Texas, in June, 2016. Par Pacific is a growth-oriented company that owns, manages and maintains interests in energy and infrastructure businesses....
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Tall flames and black smoke shot out of one of the flare pipes at the Par Pacific Wyoming Refining Co. facility on July 4 after a brief power outage due to a storm in the area. While the scene might have looked terrifying to those passing by,  the flare was simply...

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Above, Chris Dutcher, Kurtis Bell, Saul Larson, Justin Brockway, Chris Hintz, Adrian Quintana,  Alonzo Sandoval, Nick Brooks, Allen James and Don Botkin pose for a group photo after the Black Hills Classic 3 – Squat To Depth. Below, Chris Hintz deadlifts at the Black Hills Classic 3 – Squat 2 Depth.

 
Braden Schiller NLJ Reporter   Barbells rise and fall, and more weight is lifted than most people think possible. On June 26 a group of 10 power lifters from Newcastle participated in the Black Hills Classic 3 … Squat 2 Depth.   The participants from Newcastle were Alonzo Sandoval, Adrian Quintana...
Refinery to test sirens Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The Wyoming Refining Co., Par Pacific in Newcastle will be testing the facility’s new siren system Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m.  The test should take roughly 20 to 30 minutes and include a variety of tones, according to process safety...

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The Wyoming Refining Company brought in a 1.7 million-pound crane along with six other smaller cranes, to help complete the removal and replacement of several key pieces of the facility during the approximately 45 day shutdown that began just over a week ago at the facility. 

 
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Newcastle’s tallest structure is soon to be about half its size, according to Mike Farnsworth, vice president of Wyoming Refining Co. Par Pacific in Newcastle. Turnaround at the facility has officially begun, and anyone who has cruised down Main Street and past the...
A s first responders, emergency personnel and employees of the Wyoming Refining Company prepare for another week of training and a cumulative incident command scenario, we want to recognize these individuals and groups for everything they do to prepare for any potential emergency.  While we all...

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Cary Colvard, acting assistant situation unit leader, participated in a drill that aims to prepare individuals for a potential emergency at the Wyoming Refining Company in 2017. Another drill will be conducted Sept. 16–19.

 
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Friday night lights, volleyball games, parades and school spirit will not be the only excitement in town on homecoming weekend. The Wyoming Refining Co./Wyoming Pipeline Co. recently announced that they will be conducting an emergency/- spill response training Sept....

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