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McBay Oil and Gas

This former oil refinery and oil reclamation plant in Grapeland, Houston County is currently in the remedial investigation phase of the state Superfund program.

Site Summary

The McBay Oil & Gas Company site is located on a 20.32-acre tract on Farm to Market (FM) Road 1272, two miles west of the intersection with FM 2968 (North Olive Street), Grapeland, Texas, in Houston County. From 1941 to 1959, the site was the location of an oil refinery. It then became a waste oil reclamation plant until all operations ceased in 1987.

Superfund Registry and Investigation

The TCEQ listed the site to the state Superfund registry in January 1987. In May 1990, the TCEQ entered into an Administrative Order with one potentially responsible party (PRP) directing the remediation of several earthen and concrete pits and tanks. A group of 21 PRPs agreed to conduct a second waste removal action to remove specific wastes, drums, and tanks that were deemed a threat to public health and the environment. Removal actions were completed in October 1998.

Current Status

The TCEQ is currently conducting the remedial investigation which consists of a soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment and liquid non-aqueous phase liquid investigation to further characterize the site and develop and analyze potential cleanup alternatives. An Affected Property Assessment Report documenting the results of the remedial investigation at the site will be prepared after the investigation is complete.

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