The cooling water intake structure of the Delaware City Refinery is operating on a permit that expired in 2002. Not only has the State of Delaware allowed this to occur, it has offered additional extensions to the refinery for its 2011 restart, and provides a multi-year compliance timeline for the installation of best available technology with in the draft NPDES permit (2011).
"Water is a public resource, not a commodity. Public policy must ensure the sustainability of safe water supplies for the benefit of all people and the natural environment."
The Delaware Chapter is committed to protecting the Delaware River and Bay as an aquatic system. A number of industrial activities currently threaten the River's diverse environment, including the continued dredging of the river by the Army Corps of Engineers. We have been involved in the protection of the Delaware River for decades, and will continue to be firm advocates with your help.
Delaware City Refinery's Fish Impacts
The Delaware City Refinery extracts on average over 450 million gallons of water from the Delaware River daily, for the purpose of cooling plant equipment and units as it processes nearly 200,000 barrels of petroleum per day. In the process, it impinges millions of fish on the intake screens and entrains millions more small fish, eggs and larvae. The estimated death toll of fish impingement and entrainment at the refinery is 100%. The refinery has been described as one of the largest predators on the Delaware River, out-fishing commercial and recreational fisheries combined for many species.
Sierra Club asks DNREC to reassess fish consumption advisory for Dragon Run Creek
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club requests that the State of Delaware reassess the fish consumption advisory for Dragon Run. According to the 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide, all waters not specifically listed in the Delaware Fish Consumption Advisories table on pages 38 and 39 have a recommended consumption level of 52 8-ounce servings per year. Dragon Run is not listed in this table, and therefore the default 52 8-ounce servings per year advisory applies to fish consumed from this water body. However, the fish contamination samples reported in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Listing of Fish Advisories indicates a higher hazard advisory is warranted