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Battle Intensifies Over Ethanol Expansion of Delaware City Refinery

Delaware City Refinery
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The battle over the ethanol expansion request by the Delaware City Refinery has pitted lawyers for the state and the refinery against citizen groups as they go before the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control along with the company claim that five of the seven arguments against the expansion are erroneous and reflect desperation.

But Delaware Audubon and the League of Women Voters of Delaware call the claims misdirection and say they are failing to follow the law.

The paper reports that the proposal would allow the refinery to get and store 10-thousand barrels of ethanol a day.

It would then be blended with gasoline and shipped out to other facilities on the East Coast.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.