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BP giving ~$402K to Casper to offset river restoration project cost overruns due to contamination

A portion of the Platte River Revival project near Jonah Bank in Casper in fall 2019. The yellow "boom" was set up to catch any hydrocarbons released from work being done in the river. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City))

CASPER, Wyo. — BP Products North America has agreed to provide $402,016.13 to the City of Casper to help offset some cost overruns for the North Platte River Restoration – First Street Reach project.

The restoration project experienced delays and increased costs after hydrocarbon and other contamination was encountered in the riverbed and in riverbanks when channel construction was underway in 2019, according to a memo from Casper Assistant to the City Manager Jolene Martinez. The contamination led to the project being completed a year behind schedule. The work was finished in December 2020.

The contamination encountered during the river restoration work was due to previous BP operations in the area, according to the memo.

“The total cost overruns attributed to the contamination total $681,719.13,” the memo adds. “BP Products North America, Inc has previously paid $192,000 toward costs of the First Street Reach portion of the North Platte River Restoration Project.”

City of Casper staff and the Platte River Revival Advisory Committee members began working with BP Products in 2019 to help recover some of the cost overages due to the contamination. Martinez adds in the memo that BP presented the city with a donation letter on Nov. 8, 2021.

“The agreed donation letter outlines the conditions of the agreed donation and requires the signature of Mayor Steven K. Freel,” the memo adds.

The Casper City Council will hold a special meeting starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 14 to consider accepting the donation from BP.