Delaware River Shoreline Project Could Endanger Birds, Environmentalist Say

Jul 24, 2014

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Environmental groups want the state to hold a public hearing on a plan to restore and protect Delaware River shoreline at docks near Delaware City.

Delaware Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon said in a letter to state environmental regulators that PBF Energy's plan could attract birds near an area they say is at risk for oil spills.

PBF's plan for its docks at its Delaware City refinery includes refilling shoreline and replacing nearly 1,000 5-foot high wave dampeners. Pilings would be driven to anchor oil spill containment booms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Army Corps of Engineers has decided that the work would have little effect on protected species. Officials with Delaware's Coastal Zone Management Program must assess the plan before permits can be issued.