Petroteq Energy receives a stop work order again!
Petroteq Energy has been running an illegal operation over at TMM Asphalt Ridge Mine near the green river south of Vernal. Formerly known as MCW this project has received several stop orders and citations from state agencies and inspectors.
Inspection report May 2020: “Conclusions and Recommendations: Operation has been ordered to vacate by the property owner. The lease is no longer valid. The operator has been cited for improper storage of deleterious materials and unpaid permit fees under MN-2020-60-01. The abatement requires immediately retaining a licensed disposal contractor to inventory and dispose of all petroleum and hazardous materials.”
Inspection report May 14, 2021: “Valkor and Greenfield established a joint venture back in March 2020. Plant construction was completed in December. The operator ran out of ore to process and set up an agreement with Tar Sands Holdings II to purchase more ore to bring to the property. Valkor asked the property owner for an extension to the terms of the lease allowing for an extension to produce more oil by end of year. According to the operator it is too expensive and currently not economical to mine the ore from the pit. The plan is to test the plant and once it is determined to be operational then mined material from the pit will be used. There are no immediate plans to the mine the pit material. The oil sand from the off-site source was estimated to be approximately 500 tons. Operator has identified a buyer for the sand material. The company planned to conduct further exploration to evaluate the resource which was scheduled to resume in June.”
Processing material from a mine not on site requires a different permit. Petroteq does not have a permit to do what they describe here to April Abate, the inspector. Who makes a stop work order:
Cessation order May 14, 2021: “Facility is processing material from an off-site source and staging waste products from off-site sources not in accordance with the most recently approved Notice of Intent dated October 27, 2017. “
Meanwhile Greenfield is formed from TOMCO (out of London) investors who already got ripped off on the Red Leaf project on Seep Ridge Road, and Valkor. Greenfield is duping folks into buying shares in this charade of a mine and processing facility.
May 25 Findings of fact order resulting from stop work conference
On May 21, 2021 a stop work conference was held at the request of Greenfield energy and Petroteq was ordered to comply or cease by July 1 2021.