Category Archives: about Green Delaware

Preservation in Delaware? Of Delaware?

Recently I’ve received many emails about a “celebration” of historic preservation in Delaware.  From my perspective the hypocrisy of this is breathtaking.

It can be said that there are three broad categories of “resources” needing preservation.  Natural resources such as air, water, forests, plants and animals.  Cultural resources, meaning objects or materials or works created by humans.  These are buildings, roads and other “infrastructure,” farms, villages, stations on the underground railroad, books, scrolls, music, and so on.  And human resources, meaning ourselves, people.

All are interdependent.  Delaware abuses them all. Continue reading

What’s really happening with Delaware?

I’ve been trying to write this for weeks.  It’s hard–too personal and my stomach knots up thinking about these things.  So I will try a different approach and include more that is personal.

Would it surprise you to know that people in Minnesota live, on average, 2.7 years longer than people in Delaware?  Why might this be? Continue reading

Big Stinkers (DiSabatino) appeal Peninsula Compost shutdown order

When DNREC issued a shutdown order for Peninsula Compost Group (otherwise known as Wilmington Organics Recycling Center, Peninsula Compost Company, etc.) on October 20th, our first question was “would they appeal?”  That question has been answered with the filing of an appeal to the Delaware “Environmental Appeals Board” on November 7, 2014

The lawyer filing the appeal is Robert W. Whetzel of Richards, Layton, Finger, 302.651.7634.  We have run into Whetzel many times representing the Delaware City Refinery and other bad polluters. Continue reading

Correspondence and documents related to the “Green Recovery Technologies” facility proposed for the City of Newcastle, DE

Updated Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Some documents in this matter are posted by the DNREC at this location.

Other documents obtained by Green Delaware are linked here (work in progress).

This is the most recent DNREC reply to our Freedom of Information Act requests:

http://www.greendel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/FOIA-Request.pdf

And here are some valuable comments provided by the Delaware Audubon Society:

http://www.greendel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-Nov-DAS-Martell-comments-on-GRT-Coastal-Zone-Act-Permit.pdf

Below is some email correspondence between Green Delaware and the Delaware DNREC:  We will add to it as it develops.

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Update on the Big Stink from Peninsula Compost (“Wilmington Organics Recycing Center”)

Treating the people like garbage in Delaware?

Our previous comments on this matter may have had some effect, but we don’t know what the Markell administration intends to do, and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) secretary David Small did not return a call (We didn’t really expect him to, because we know him, but we tried.).

We’ve had some long conversations with people in the industry, and studied the transcript of the public hearing, and talked with people in various parts of Delaware’s environmental regulatory agency (DNREC).  We draw on our 20 years experience with environmental controversy in Delaware. Continue reading

Earth Day thoughts: Fix a poor “recycling” bill

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SB 234, latest Delaware “recycling” bill, shuts down container deposit program rather than fixing it.  This isn’t good enough.  Please ask Senators to hold off voting on this bill until it can be fixed.

Last week was the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970.  Few serious environmental campaigners have much interest any more in Earth Day, which is mostly now celebrated by big polluters “greenwashing” themselves.  But it is still a good time to reflect on where we are and how we arrived. Continue reading

“This July 4th, Rebel and Agitate for Change”

http://www.truthout.org/070409A?n

Agitators created America, and it’s their feisty spirit and outright rebelliousness that we celebrate on our national holiday.

Are you an agitator? You know, one of those people who won’t leave well enough alone, who’s always questioning authority and trying to stir things up. Continue reading

Broad Coalition Criticizes Climate Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2009

Joint statement by:

Greenpeace USA * Friends of the Earth * Public Citizen * Citizen Power * Center for Biological Diversity * Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana * TURN-The Utility Reform Network * Sustainable Energy & Economy Network * Green Delaware * Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance * Massachusetts Forest Watch * Coal Moratorium Now!

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