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Letter: Refinery Needs Effective Regulation

No one argues against a company’s right to be profitable and to get rich – even very rich. We do argue against its right to get astronomically rich when the only way it can do so is at the expense of the health of the people around it along with the sea, land and animals.

EPA Withdraws One Limetree Refinery Permit Pending Appeals

The Environmental Protection Agency withdrew a controversial permit for the Limetree Bay refinery on Thursday, while appeals are worked out. The refinery will continue to operate, but for the time being, loses some leeway in emissions for its other permits.

Environmental Groups and Limetree Refinery Both Challenging Terms of Refinery Permit

Several environmental groups filed an appeal this week to contest St. Croix's Limetree Bay Refinery's pollution limit permit from the Environmental Protection Agency for being too lenient. Meanwhile, the refinery is contesting it, arguing it is too strict.

Refinery Restarts!

Limetree Bay has started up part of the former Hovensa refinery on St. Croix and begun production and commercial sales of refined products, the company announced on Monday.

Limetree Bay Refinery Says Large Flare Part of Restart Work

There was a larger than usual flame at the top of the Limetree Bay Refinery's flare stack and louder than usual noise from the flare over the last week, which the company says is part of the normal startup process and will quiet down when the refinery restarts. 

Steam and Oil Plume Causes Odor at Limetree Bay Refinery

The Limetree Bay refinery project, which is expected to go online in the near future, had an incident on Monday that caused residents to complain of a noxious odor.

Limetree Bay Replaces Chief Executive Officer

Limetree Bay Ventures, LLC, announced on Friday it has appointed Jeffrey Rinker as its new chief executive officer, effective Nov. 11.

Limetree Might Lose BP Oil Supply If Not Running By December

The Reuters news service reported Friday that Limetree Bay might lose BP's crude oil supply if it does not start running by December.

Bryan: ‘So Far, So Good’ on Virus Testing in Territory *Update*

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. told reporters on a telephone press conference Wednesday that there had been no new cases of COVID-19 in the territory since Sunday. “So far, so good,” the governor said.
Foam blocks wash up on south shore beaches during and after Tropical Storm Karen. (Photo by Toni Lance)

Refinery’s Foam Plastic Litters South Shore Months After September Storm

As Tropical Storm Karen passed south of St. Croix on Sept. 24, residents on the south shore noticed 110-pound polystyrene floats washing ashore. By the end of the day, more than 50 floats had accumulated on several beaches east and west of the Limetree Bay Terminal.

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