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Court Blocks Delaware City Refinery Expansion


A Delaware Superior Court judge has blocked expansion of the Delaware City Refinery’s biofuel operations – at least for the moment.

Judge Diane Streett ruled in favor of two civic groups saying that a state board erred in rejecting their appeal of a state permit that allowed the project to move ahead.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Audubon Society and the Delaware League of Women Voters claimed that the permit violated the Coastal Zone Act.

The board will now have to reconsider whether the group have legal standing to bring the appeal.

The News Journal reports that there was no immediate comment from the Delaware City Refinery or its owners PBF Energy.

Since the middle of 2016 the company has been trying to get a $7 million expansion that would allow the facility to store up to 10-thousand barrels of ethanol a day.

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.