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.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club submitted the public hearing request for PBF Energy’s Delaware City Refinery Title V permit, which was held on June 4, 2013 at the Delaware City Fire Hall. The Title V permit is a federal air pollution permit required by the Clean Air Act. It is only issued once every 5 years, and it includes limits for sources of hazardous air pollution.
The historic town of Delaware City, with fewer than 1700 residents, was subjected to an overwhelming and intimidating level of police presence due to the State of Delaware’s decision to hold PBF Energy's Delaware City Refinery’s Title V permit hearing at the Delaware City Fire Hall.
Though state officials had learned in advance that the Refinery was sending 10 bus loads of workers to the hearing, and the turnout was anticipated to be 2000 people, the State decided to move the hearing location to the Fire Hall just days before the hearing, which only had seating for 200 persons.
Delaware, along with every other East coast state participated in the 4th Annual Hands Across the Sand on Saturday, May 18th. We joined hands in solidarity with thousands of others in 18 states and 9 countries to say YES to clean energy and NO to more dirty fossil fuels and offshore drilling! Our Delaware-specific cause was offshore seismic testing. The US Department of the Interior is currently deciding if seismic airgun testing should be allowed to search for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware down to Florida.
May 8, 2013: the public hearing for the Delaware City Refinery's Marine Vapor Recovery project, also known as the rail-to-ship oil transfer project, would allow the PBF Delaware City Refinery to transfer up to 25,463,000 barrels of gasoline products and 16,425,000 barrels of crude oil per year from trains to ships for transport to the Paulsboro refinery owned by the same company.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club applauds DNREC for proceeding with regulatory changes to bring Delaware in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 revised National Ambient Air quality Standards for sulfur dioxide (SO2) for a 1-hour average of 75 parts per billion (ppb). These revised federal rules represent a dramatic decline in the level of SO2, which have fallen to nearly half of the original 1-hour average of 140 ppb in the original EPA guidance in 1971.
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March 28, 2013: The State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has begun the early stages of amending regulations for low-emission and electric vehicles, with a stakeholder workgroup meeting in Dover.
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