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 →
“Tuesday, December 8th, will be a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Delaware!”
“A Code Orange air quality forecast for particulates is a level of pollution that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly, and those with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such persons should limit outdoor activities, especially those that require a high level of exertion.”
Please call Senators Chris Coons and Tom Carper ASAP.
The issue here is that the oil industry wants to abolish the longstanding ban on US crude oil exports, in order to increase production and increase prices, including the prices WE pay for fuels. Continue reading →
In shutting down an old blog that never really went anywhere, I found this post. The details have changed but the general pattern has, if anything, gotten worse:
Friday, October 28, 2005
Beefing about WDEL….
The yak yak has improved a lot on WDEL with Mascitti and Fulcher having daily gigs. But the news operation is another story.
WDEL managers have said–to me, anyway–that “all credible news sources” should receive equal attention. And they say, for example, that Green Delaware is credible in our field. Continue reading →
Representative John Kowalko has stepped up to the plate and is circulating a petition calling for removal of the DuPont/Chemours Dioxin Pile. PLEASE SIGN KOWALKO’S PETITION.
This post is a bit long. Bear with us…..
The 115 acre site of the DuPont/Chemours Edge-Moor plant, situated on the Delaware River at its confluence with Shellpot Creek, has a long history going back to the 1600s. (USA today has an interesting history here, though it is not entirely accurate.)
E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co. (“DuPont”) became the sole owner of the site, already making the white pigment titanium (“TlO2”)dioxide, in 1935. Continue reading →
Elisabeth Stoner’s wonderful poem Aug 31 has motivated me to write more about the Rehoboth ocean outfall debate. In my opinion the discussion has missed the key point, which is simple enough:
If the sewage is treated to “drinking water standards,” and the toxins and nutrients and pharmaceuticals are removed, it doesn’t much matter where it goes: into the ocean, into the canal, or into the groundwater (via spray irrigation or rapid infiltration). Or, right back into public water supplies. Adequately treated, it would not do harm and would provide useful volume. 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 →