Thanks to dedicate Sierra Club members like you and allies from hundreds of other conservation, fishing, boating and animal rights groups; businesses; coastal towns and even the US military; the Obama administration announced this month that they will not include any lease areas off the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. in the five year drilling plan for 2017-2022!
Fish and Aquatic Life
Learn more about fish issues in the Delaware River
In 2012 we worked hard to protect Atlantic menhaden and we won. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to implement a coast-wide catch limit on this important forage fish, which has been under pressure from the "fish reduction industry" that manufactures paints, lubricants, cosmetics and health supplements. Unfortunately, this commercial species is also an important food source for whales and predatory fish, including striped bass and weakfish. Menhaden support the
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club has submitted a public hearing request for the Delaware City Refining Company’s NPDES Permit DE 0000256, which was publicly noticed on December 14, 2014.
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).
Join us for a discussion of the topic of fish impingement at the Delaware City Refinery. The once-through cooling system infrastructure has significant impacts on the Delaware River and Bay's fish populations. This forum will be of interest to all of those who enjoy a healthy wild fish population, from environmentally-minded members and activists to sportsmen and commercial fishermen.