Tag: Limetree Bay Refinery

EPA To Determine How Long Limetree Bay Refinery Emitted Toxic Gas On St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to send experts and staff to a recently reopened St. Croix refinery as soon as this week to conduct an investigation, the agency said in a Tuesday statement after some residents said an odor coming from the refinery caused them to feel ill. The Limetree Bay refinery […]

Health Commissioner Breaks Down Health Risks From Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure

CHRISTIANSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) advises the community that the department has confirmed that there were elevated concentrations of H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide) in the No. 8 flare header at the Limetree Bay Refinery. DPNR is in close communications with the facility, and an investigation is […]

EPA Pulls Permit For Limetree Bay Refinery Over ‘Environmental Justice’ Concerns

CHRISTIANSTED — Amid concerns raised by and appeals filed by non-governmental organizations, members of the community and the company itself, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn its Clean Air Act “plantwide applicability limit” (PAL) permit for the Limetree Bay Terminals and Limetree Bay Refining facility on St. Croix originally issued by EPA on December […]

EPA Blocks Limetree Bay Expansion Pending Environmental Justice Review

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today said it has revoked an expansion permit for the Limetree Bay oil refinery in St, Croix, citing concerns that the area around the south shore facility is overburdened with pollution. The decision allows the plant to keep operating but will block ongoing expansion work pending an EPA […]

Far From White House, St. Croix Refinery To Test Biden’s Promises On Poverty and Pollution

CHRISTIANSTED — Earlier this month, Loren Hughes, a longtime resident of St. Croix, noticed specks of an oily substance covering his home, as well as those owned by his neighbors. For Hughes, 46, it brought back memories of the last time the south shore refinery was operating, roughly a decade earlier. The refinery restarted last […]

Green Groups Call Limetree Bay An ‘Environmental Monster,’ Ask Biden’s EPA To Shut ‘Dirty Refinery’ Down

CHRISTIANSTED — Community and conservation groups filed a legal appeal today challenging the federal permit for the controversial Limetree Bay refinery on St. Croix that had a soft-opening in December 2020. The long-shuttered, pollution-plagued Limetree refinery has been one of the world’s biggest oil-processing facilities. St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA), the Center for Biological Diversity, NRDC and Sierra Club filed the […]

Refinery Worker Who Raped Woman On Christiansted Boardwalk New Year’s Day Captured In Louisiana: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — A Louisiana man is under arrest a year after a woman reported he had raped her on the Christiansted boardwalk on New Year’s Day 2020, according to Superior Court records. Jason L. Ribardi, of Abbeville, La., was extradited back to St. Croix to face criminal charges, including two counts of first-degree rape and […]

Security Guard Robbed At Gunpoint In Limetree Bay Housing Facility: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — A security guard was robbed of his jewelry inside the Limetree Bay refinery housing facility early Saturday morning, authorities said. The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of a robbery at the Limetree Bay refinery housing area at 3:59 a.m. Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. The victim in this incident, […]

SHUTDOWN LOOMING? BP May Cut Off Oil Supply To St. Croix’s Limetree Bay Refinery If It Stays Idle

CHRISTIANSTED — The problem-plagued Limetree Bay refinery in St. Croix may lose its main supplier of crude oil, British Petroleum (BP), if it isn’t successfully up and running by December, according to two people familiar with the matter. The South Shore refinery’s owner, Limetree Bay Ventures, has spent at least $2.7 billion restoring the facility, […]

Refinery Worker Found Dead In A Drainage Ditch By Limetree Bay Housing Identified As Texas Man

CHRISTIANSTED — A refinery worker whose body was found in a gut on the Hess Road near Limetree Bay’s man camp on Wednesday has been identified. The Virgin Islands Police Department said the victim was 52-year-old David Bedynek of Houston, Texas. Bedynek was an employee of the nearby Limetree Bay Refinery, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima […]