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Governor, Cheney react to HF Sinclair layoff report

Sinclair Refinery in Sinclair, Wyo. (James St. John)

CASPER, Wyo. ⁠— HF Sinclair Corp. laid off nearly 100 employees at its Sinclair refinery Tuesday, radio station Bigfoot 99 reported Wednesday. While the company has neither confirmed or denied the layoffs, state and federal government officials are reacting to the news.

“I am troubled to learn of the HollyFrontier Sinclair refinery layoffs,” Gov. Mark Gordon said in a statement Oil City News received Wednesday. “My greatest immediate concern is with the displaced workers and the economic impact on the communities of Rawlins and Sinclair. My administration stands by to mobilize resources to assist the workers and their families, as well as the surrounding communities.”

Despite the layoffs, as of 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, the HF Sinclair corporate site said there were six job openings in Casper, 12 in Sinclair and two in Cheyenne.⁠

“This is devastating news for the affected employees, their families, and the communities of Rawlins and Sinclair,” U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said in a Facebook post at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. “My office will be working with the Governor’s office as well as these communities and individuals to ensure we do everything possible to assist those affected.”

Gordon’s task force plans to meet Friday regarding refineries’ capacity and transportation abilities, among other topics regarding how to lower fuel prices for Wyoming residents.

Oil City News has contacted HFSinclair and Cheney’s office and has not heard back as of publication. This story will be updated with any responses.