Delaware City Refinery

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7:56 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Lawmakers Question Oil Tanker Safety for Delaware City Refinery

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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.

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8:45 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Delaware City Refinery Emissions Caused by Power Outage

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say a power outage caused a pollution release at the PBF Energy refinery near Delaware City.

The News Journal reports that Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control say the release happened sometime Thursday morning.

Officials say the release includes sulfur dioxide, a pollutant linked to acid rain, smog and toxic soot.

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11:23 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Delaware City Refinery Cited for Emissions Violations

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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.

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7:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Sulfur Dioxide Emission at Delaware City Refinery

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More than a ton of sulfur dioxide was emitted at the Delaware City Refinery.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says that more than 2,750 pounds of the chemical compound was released from the refinery around 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

The facility is owned by PBF Energy.

DNREC is investigating the incident.

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11:47 am
Wed August 28, 2013

PBF Energy Cleaning Up Chemical Sheen on Delaware River

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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.

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9:02 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Concerns Over Rail Operation at Delaware City Refinery

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The derailment of a crude oil train that killed nearly 50 people in a Quebec town near the U.S. border has gotten the attention of Delaware officials.

The Federal Railroad Administration is holding an emergency meeting this Thursday to review the findings of a rail safety advisory committee.

Delaware officials are concerned about the highly flammable Bakken oil in that accident.

The reason: The rail operation that surrounds the Delaware City Refinery.

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10:46 am
Fri August 2, 2013

PBF Energy Could Cut Gasoline Production at Delaware Refinery

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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.

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9:09 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Challenge Dismissed to Delaware Refinery Air Quality, PEPCO Gets Rate Hike Permit

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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.

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9:09 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Key Emissions Hearing Today for Delaware City Refinery

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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.

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10:02 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Delaware City Refinery Using Backup Pollution Control

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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.

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9:26 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Possible Federal Violation in State Air Quality Permit

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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.

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9:44 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Hearing Tonight on Delaware City Air Quality Permit

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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.

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9:03 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Sulfur Dioxide Emission at Delaware City Refinery

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There is a report that less than 100 pounds of sulfur dioxide has been released into the air from the Delaware City Refinery.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the release took place on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the morning.

Sulfur dioxide considered tobe hazardous by the EPA and the incident is being investigated by state officials.
 

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9:16 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Delaware City Refinergy Emissions

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Several hundred pounds of hazardous chemical were released into the air at the Delaware City Refinery.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says their report found that the Wrangle Hill Road facility emitted more than 670 pounds of sulfur dioxide.

The incident initially set off flares but the plant is now operating normally.

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8:30 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Crude-Rail Expansion at Delaware City Refinery

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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.

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12:10 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Delaware City Refinery Releases Sulfur Dioxide


PBF’s Delaware City Refinery released its second large amount of sulfur dioxide within a week’s time.


There have been troubles with the hydrogen sulfide control system this week with an estimate 248 pounds released before a shutdown of the system.


There was a larger amount released beginning on January of 3-thousand pounds a day.


Officials say that the pollution would continue until the system was fixed. 


No additional details were available.

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12:24 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

New Castle County Getting Land from PBF Energy

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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.

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3:44 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Delaware City Refinery, Second Gas Emission in August

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the Delaware City Refinery released 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide.


The incident occurred late last night for the second time in August.


The cause is still under investigation.


State officials say the company released the chemical into the air in early August.


In that instance it was due to an equipment malfunction that has since been fixed.


The Environmental Protection Agency has classified Sulfur dioxide as a hazardous substance.

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8:37 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Emmissions from Delaware City Refinery

 

 

            There was a second day of sulfur dioxide gas emissions from the Delaware City Refinery…as the company carried out an emergency flare burnoff.

            Yesterday’s problems…hit the plant’s catalytic cracking unit…which produces more than 80-thosuand barrels-per-day of gasoline from partially refined crude oil.

            PBF Energy spokeswoman Lisa Lindsay…told the Wilmington News Journal…that the unit failed during maintenance preparations.

            Normal service resumed yesterday shortly after 4 pm.

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