Refiner offers settlement to some in North Pole

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A refinery spokesman says Flint Hills Resources is offering a bulk water tank along with a cash settlement to some North Pole area homeowners affected by tainted groundwater.

The company also has connected 28 homes to North Pole's municipal water system.

The company told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner it expects to make more proposals later this month to more than 100 homeowners whose wells are contaminated.

Gasoline spills that occurred before 2000 are believed to have soaked into soil at the refinery and caused sulfolane to seep into the groundwater.

Spokesman Jeff Cook says Flint Hills is drilling new wells for the city's water system.

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