Tag: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Governor Says Online St. Croix Refinery Could Be Key To Relieving National Gas Price Crisis

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan issued the following statement about the potential for the St. Croix refinery to assist the United States in its national gas price relief efforts: “The United States faces unprecedented challenges on the energy front. Supply chain issues associated with the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and general inflationary […]

EPA To Begin Inspecting Underground Storage Tanks At Gas Stations On St. Croix Today

FREDERIKSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) advises all Gas Station owners and/or operators of underground storage tanks that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2, will be conducting underground storage tank (UST) Inspections in the St. Croix District on or about the week of April 11, […]

West Indies Petroleum Must Negotiate New Consent Decree With Feds To Operate Plant

CHRISTIANSTED — West Indies Petroleum will need to negotiate a new consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) if it wants to own and operate the St. Croix refinery with a history of environmental problems, the DOJ said. The Limetree Bay refinery was sold in December 2021 for $62 million to West Indies […]

VIDOJ Reaches $3 Million Settlement In Methyl Bromide Poisoning Of Tourists In St. John

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George said Thursday that a $3Msettlement had been reached with the Terminix pest control company. The settlement stems from a 2017 lawsuit the Attorney General’s Office filed against Terminix after a family of four vacationing at the Sirenusa Resort on St. John in March 2015 became seriously […]

DPNR BEACH ADVISORY: Swimmers, Fishermen Should Avoid This Beach Over The Weekend

CRUZ BAY — DPNR said testing revealed that one beach in the territory failed to meet established standards for water quality and should be avoided this weekend. The following beach does not meet EPA water quality standards because it exceeds the established Enterococci Bacteria threshold and therefore is not considered to be safe for swimming […]

With St. Croix Refinery Auction Sale Closed, EPA Looks To Regulate Operations

CHRISTIANSTED — With the long-expected sale of the Limetree Bay refinery finally closed, many are looking ahead to what’s next, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On Tuesday, court documents were filed noting the closure of the bankruptcy sale — the deadline for which was extended to Monday to allow time for $62 million […]

WIPL Wants To Increase Limetree’s Throughput, Decrease USVI Energy Costs

CHRISTIANSTED — After recently winning the auction for the Limetree Bay refinery, West Indies Petroleum Limited (WIPL) says it will successfully close the sale and pursue “strategic investments” in the plant.          The auction, won by the Jamaican oil storage company with a bid of $62 million, took place in the U.S. […]

Bankruptcy Judge Approves $62 Million Limetree Bay Sale To Jamaican Company

CHRISTIANSTED — A U.S. bankruptcy judge approved the $62 million sale of Limetree Bay refinery to a Jamaican oil storage company that intends to restart the refinery. Private equity investors had poured $4.1 billion into reviving the aging St. Croix facility, which was shut down by U.S. environmental regulators after a botched restart earlier this […]

Plans to Reopen Limetree Bay Refinery Have St. Croix Residents Concerned

Twice bankrupt, the oil refinery has a troubled environmental past and a shaky financial outlook, analysts say. Still, two bidders want to restart it. CHRISTIANSTED — An accident-prone oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands with a history of serious environmental violations could soon reopen under new ownership, despite strong objections from nearby communities, a […]

Proposed Payday Loan Owners Plan To Scuttle Refinery Or Flip It For A Profit

CHRISTIANSTED — A bidder in the Limetree Bay refinery auction has asked a Texas bankruptcy court judge to delay tomorrow’s scheduled sale hearing, but a partner for winning bidder St. Croix Energy says he expects the sale to proceed. Christiansted attorney Yohana Manning, one of five founding partners in St. Croix Energy including Cane Bay […]