THE owner of embattled Rutherford companies Truegain and Australian Waste Oil Refineries says the sale of a part of the oil business is unrelated to the liquidation of the remaining assets.
Sydney businessman Rob Pullinger, who is a founding director of both companies, said he sold his oil collection business to Sydney firm Southern Oil Collections.
Southern Oil’s owner, Rob Wallace, said he bought the Rutherford business’s customer list and some of its tanker trucks. Twelve employees transferred across to Southern as part of the deal, which he said was settled on September 2.
The liquidators appointed to Truegain and Australian Waste Oil Refineries, Jamieson Louttit and Associates, did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.
Former workers at the Rutherford site said the two companies took waste oil and fuel and contaminated water from a range of sites.
The Rutherford site was disconnected from the sewer in February and lost its gas supply soon after.
Mr Pullinger confirmed this was because it had not paid its gas bills. The Environment Protection Authority then suspended its environmental protection licence in April, because Trugain’s pollution control equipment was gas powered.
The EPA recently announced that the number of complaints about the “Rutherford Stink” had plummeted this year but Trugain workers say this is because the company’s waste oil “after-burner” has not worked since the gas was cut off.