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The Delaware City Refinery is balking at paying a $150-thousand fine with its parent company PBF Energy calling it arbitrary and unreasonable.

The fines originated with an incident in 2013 in which state officials determined that the refinery concealed 17 shipments of crude oil and violated the limits on such shipments.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small handed down the fine in early March based on the determination of his predecessor.          


Two groups are appealing the recent permit issued by state officials to allow the shipment of up to 10 thousand barrels of unblended ethanol per day from the Delaware City Refinery.

The appeal has been filed by Delaware Audubon and the League of Women Voters.

They are asking the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board to reject the decision by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.


Shipments of crude oil have been sent from Delaware City Refinery to third-party destinations in 2014.

That admission comes from the facility’s owner PBF Energy after claiming in 2013 that it had only sent one shipment to a destination in New Jersey which was authorized by the Delaware Department Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state decided not to issue a sanction against PBF for a shipment of crude oil to a Philadelphia refinery that same year.


DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware authorities say a worker was burned at a refinery in Delaware City.

New Castle County Paramedics said in a statement that they were called Sunday evening to the Delaware City Refinery Company for a report of an injured worker. Paramedics say when they arrived they found a 62-year-old man with burns on his face and neck from a flash fire in an industrial area at the refinery.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - PBF Energy has reported that it has completed the repair and restart of an 82,000 barrel per day refining unit that had been crippled by fire Aug. 21.

The News Journal reports the fire and loss of a major air compressor system in the plant's catalytic cracking unit slowed the system for weeks, prompting operation of some plant systems at reduced rates for weeks. The newspaper reports full details and the cost and cause of the incident have not been made public.

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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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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.


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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is getting some flack for trying to combine the public reviews for a proposed a $1 billion expansion at the Delaware City Refinery.

PBF Energy wants to begin building a 70-thousand barrel-per-day ultra-low sulfur refining unit for diesel and heating oil along with other construction by the third quarter of this year.