DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are working to ensure that a sharp increase in rail shipments of oil to Delaware comes with adequate safety and response measures.
Members of the House Energy Committee quizzed industry officials Wednesday on safety and inspections standards for tanker cars bringing oil shipments to the Delaware City refinery, and for the tracks that carry the tankers.
Lawmakers also heard from state and local emergency response officials regarding their ability to respond to a tanker derailment or fire.
DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware regulators are citing the PBF refinery for new pollution violations.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control also reported the unplanned release of nearly 1.5 tons of sulfur dioxide. The Wilmington News Journal reports that the refinery's open-air incinerator stack burned for more than six hours Sunday into Monday after a loss of water in a tank used to control flows of volatile gases and remove liquids before flaring.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at the Delaware City refinery are trying to determine the source of a chemical release that left a sheen on the Delaware River.
A spokesman for refinery owner PBF Energy said Wednesday that the release was reported to state environmental officials late Tuesday night but that he didn't know what type of hydrocarbon material was involved or where it came from.
PBF says it deployed booms, absorbent and skimmers to contain the release.
It was not immediately clear whether the sheen has reached the main body of the river.
It was a disappointing second quarter earnings for PBF Energy which owns the Delaware City Refinery.
Tom Nimbley, the company’s chief executive officer, warned that costly renewable fuel mandates could push up prices at the pump while cutting gasoline production at facilities like Delaware City Refinery.
The federal Renewable Fuels Standard was adopted before the recession and requires refiners to buy an increasing amount of corn-based ethanol for blending with gasoline despite falling demand.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel has voted to dismiss an appeal by environmental groups of a permit granted by Delaware regulators for a new crude oil transfer operation at the Delaware City refinery.
Members of Delaware's Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to dismiss the appeal by the Sierra Club and the Delaware Audubon Society, ruling that they had no standing to challenge an air quality permit granted to PBF Energy in May.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel is set to hear a high-stakes appeal by environmentalists of an air pollution permit issued to PBF Energy's Delaware City oil refinery.
The permit granted by Delaware's environmental secretary in May involves the loading of crude oil onto barges for shipment to another PBF refinery in Paulsboro, N.J.
That operation is part of a larger transfer operation in which PBF brings crude oil by rail from various sources, including tar sands oil from Canada, to a new rail loop near Delaware City that can accommodate hundreds of tanker cars each week.
DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Officials say a Delaware City Refinery unit is using backup pollution control after a malfunction that sent a dark plume of smoke billowing from a stack at the plant.
A Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control alert says the problem at PBF Energy's refinery began early Tuesday and involves an energy-recovery and pollution-control system linked to a coker, which controls emissions.
The Environmental Integrity Project charged yesterday that Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control violated the federal Clean Air Act.
The Washington based environmental group says the blanket emissions permit the state agency gave to PBF Energy for the Delaware City Refinery freed the company to modify some existing systems without triggering stepped-up control requirements for nitrogen oxides.
A big crowd is expected at the Delaware City fire hall tonight as PBF Energy seeks renewal of a catch-all air quality permit for its refinery for its refinery.
Interest in the hearing by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has been sparked by a recent citation for release of more than 263 tons of sulfur dioxide without a permit during a 13-day period in January.
The emissions were the result of a breakdown in a major energy recovery and pollution control unit.
PBF Energy says it expects to expand it new crude-by-rail operation at the Delaware City Refinery, costing $50 million and allowing it to accept a total of 150-thousand barrels a day.
PBF officials said they will build capacity to unload another 40-thousand barrels of heavy Canadian crude with its success in shifting to low-cost heavy crude oil from south-central Canada’s Bakken fields.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that the announcement comes just as Delaware City’s rail complex is operational with the first train of 100 or more tank cars set to arrive this week.
DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - PBF Energy is giving New Castle County a 19-acre property near its Delaware City Refinery.
The New Castle County Council voted Tuesday to accept the land on the northwest corner of Wrangle Hill Road and Bear Corbitt Road. The land is in exchange for a five-year property tax exemption and tax-exempt bond financing that the county gave PBF last year. The land is zoned for commercial use and isn't being used by the company.
County Executive Paul G. Clark says he would like the county to lease the property as a solar farm.