I’ve written about the Delaware City Refinery so many times, over so many years, that it’s hard to believe more is needed. It’s tiresome to think about. It never ends. Yet here we go again. (pic: The Delaware City Refinery in action, Delaware City Environmental Coalition; via Amy Roe)
The Refinery has operated under a number of owners beginning with Tidewater Oil. It started up in 1956 or 1957, before the time of meaningful environmental regulation and took out a national ad in Readers Digest promising “Country sweet air for our neighbors.” Continue reading →
[This was originally published in the Cape Gazette on Sept 3, 2015]
Elisabeth Stoner’s wonderful poem Aug 31, 2015) has motivated me to write (again) about the Rehoboth ocean outfall debate. In my opinion the discussion has missed the key point, which is simple enough: Continue reading →
Your June 3rd piece “Beware the Chicken Plant…That Wasn’t” might better be entitled “Beware Journalism…that Isn’t.”
It’s wonderful that the reporter is on a first-name basis with the promoter and reports everything he says as fact, but this does not help readers understand the pros and cons of this proposal. Continue reading →
[Update: We have since learned that the Hearing Officer has agreed to keep the public comment period open until April 24th, at the request of Delaware Audubon and Delaware Sierra.]
Reject Jack Markell’s latest dirty deal with the Delaware City Refinery.
After 58 years of river/bay destruction, the time for cooling towers is NOW.
On Tuesday, March 24th, at six pm, at Gunning Bedford Middle School, 801 Cox Neck Road (West of Delaware City) the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is holding one of its mostly bogus “public hearings” on a water permit for the Delaware City Refinery. The subject is a “draft permit” to allow the refinery to keep polluting the Delaware River and vacuuming the marine life out of it. The permit also has implications for air quality because shortages of cooling water have lead to some of the largest “upsets” at the refinery. Continue reading →
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 →
First, the old reliable stinker, alias Senator Tom Carper.
The fate of the Keystone XL pipeline has become a fight of great substantive and symbolic significance to those concerned about climate change. And, as we keep writing, Delaware is the lowest lying US state and mega-vulnerable to the effects of global warming–especially sea level rise. Thus, Delaware pols should be leaders in the effort to limit climate change. Obviously most are not. Especially, Tom Carper isn’t. Continue reading →
(Note: We get that this might seem trivial compared to the giant oil and gas facilities being shoved into Delaware. More upcoming on those. But if we can’t enforce our environmental laws on smaller projects, how can we expect to enforce them on big ones?)
No permit (yet) but the poultry waste plant already built. Who are they kidding? (US)
Skids greased for polluters but public participation curtailed
Readers will know that Peninsula Composting has been ordered to shut down. The facility is supposed to be clearing out its existing materials. Neither Peninsula nor DNREC have been returning phone calls, so we can’t tell you a lot more.
We’ve worked up a description of how the situation developed and what went wrong. There’s is plenty of blame to spread around. This grew to three thousand words, so we decided not to email it. Read it here:
Update on the Big Stink from Peninsula Compost (“Wilmington Organics Recycling Center”)