Clearing the way for progress
Old Amoco Refinery site cleaned up and ready for business.
By M. Susanne Hinkle - No Month/Year
Over the years, the site of the old Amoco Refinery in Destrehan has stood undeveloped and unoccupied. Located next door to Destrehan Plantation and adjacent to the I-310 ramp in Destrehan, the site has been restricted for decades due to reports of pollution in the area. In recent weeks, residents of the parish may have noticed a significant change. The trees have been cleared revealing a huge plot of land to be zoned for commercial use.
Due to growing concerns over pollution, in 1995 BP Amoco Corporation signed an environmental remediation and monitoring agreement with the state of Louisiana to clean up the area. "Following an investigation of the property, it was found that there are no hydrocarbons in the ground water. The crew has performed what we call ‘cap and cover’ to prevent any existing pollution from moving or spreading," said Hugh Depland, General Manager of Government and Public Affairs for British Petroleum Amoco Corporation. "It is a fairly common practice and has been done most recently in Casper, Wyoming. That site is now home to a business park and golf course," he went on to say.
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