July 16, 2013: The Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board hearing of the Delaware City Refinery's crude by rail trainsfer operation air permit was held at the DelTech Terry Campus in Dover. The Delaware City Refinery filed a petition to intervene in the appeal hearing.
Model for National Conservation Policy: The United States Congress recognized the value and impact of Delaware's Coastal Zone Act, and passed the Coastal Zone Management Act the following year in 1972.
Communities Stand Up to Big Oil: "Delaware's Coastal Zone Act was the first time in the world any community has won such a battle with international oil companies." - Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1971, speaking as Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund.
Future of the Coastal Zone? Despite the specific restraints on new heavy industrial development in the Coastal Zone Act, the new construction of heavy industry has proceeded at an alarming pace during recent years. The upcoming permitting process at the Delaware City Refinery is an area of particular concern, as the Refinery is within our Coastal Zone.
The Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon Society filed appeals on June 14, 2013 with the Environmental Appeals Board and the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board of Secretary’s Order 2013-A-0020 dated May 31, 2013 concerning the Delaware City Refinery’s Marine Vapor Recovery System (“MVRS”) for violating the Coastal Zone Act. Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon are represented in these appeals by the