The Delaware City Refinery has announced that it is postponing its proposed $1 billion expansion in favor of the dirtiest oil on earth, the Canadian tar sands.
As America’s largest, most powerful grassroots environmental advocacy organization, the Sierra Club will play a definitive role in challenging the influence and power of oil companies and moving America beyond oil. The Delaware Chapter supports this campain by challenging dirty oil projects and subisdies for the oil industry, while promoting clean transportiation options.
At the Citizens Advisory Panel meeting on July 17, representatives from the Delaware City Refinery announced that they will defer their proposed $1 billion expansion. It is still unclear how long the expansion will be deferred, or the reasons behind this announcement.
An article in today's News Journal entitled "Refineries Search for New Life" (Aaron Nathans, July 1, 2012) reports that "Gov. Jack Markell pledged $45 million in state financial assistance, leading to $465 million in renovations to the plant. About 500 jobs were restored."
You may or may not be familiar with Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act. Even if you are familiar with it: how did it get created, what are its intricacies and how is it applied today?
Forty years ago, Delaware’s landmark Coastal Zone Act preserved our State’s shoreline, making it off-limits to heavy industrial development. The battle to pass this visionary legislation transformed local environmental awareness into sweeping statewide action, challenging other states and the nation to do the same.
At Canadian Consulates worldwide on the night of March 7, people came together with candles in solidarity for environmental and climate justice. The Canadian tar sands, located in Alberta Canada, reside below the boreal forest, which is the largest intact ecosystem in the world. Tar sands is notoriously dirty, and its extraction and refining is spoiling rivers and ecosystems, causing illness in indigenous and rural communities, and poses a serious threat to stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels.
About the Tar Sands