Tag: Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR)

DPNR Launches Story Time Hour On Wheels For Kids Starting On Friday

FREDERIKSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces that the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) will be launching Story Time hour on Wheels.  Every Friday beginning June 18th at 10:00 am, DLAM’s Bookmobile will park in front of Fort Fredrik in Frederiksted for an hour of storytelling from a guest reader.  This […]

DPNR’s Fish & Wildlife Division Office Closed Due To Stench From Sargassum

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces today that the excessive amount of decaying sargassum seaweed in the Red Hook area has caused the depletion of oxygen in the bay thus producing a rotten stench.    Due to the stench, the Division of Fish and Wildlife […]

DPNR Celebrates World Oceans Day With Cleanup Of Frederiksted Fish Market

FREDERIKSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning & Natural Resources invites the public to celebrate World Oceans Day with a Street to Reef Cleanup this Friday, June 11th from 9-11am at the Albert Edwards Fish Market in Frederiksted.   The welcome area will be next to the Market under the Coastal […]

Queen Conch Fishing Season Ends Today In The U.S. Virgin Islands: DPNR

CHRISTIANSTED — The annual queen conch season officially ends today, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. DPNR said that harvesting queen conch and the possession of queen conch during the closed season is prohibited on St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island as of June 1. Ending the conch fishing […]

Limetree Bay Sets Up Car Wash, Water Distribution For People Affected By Flare

CHRISTIANSTED — Limetree Bay refinery set up an Event Response Center to aid members of the community who were impacted by the May 12, 2021 flare incident. “Car wash stations and water distribution is available for affected residents,” Limetree Bay said. The Event Response Center is located in the Limetree Bay parking lot on the […]

REFINERY FROM HELL! Limetree Bay Shuts Down After Spewing Oil On St. Croix Roofs

CHRISTIANSTED — Limetree Bay has suspended production and residents of Enfield Green in Frederiksted are being asked to disconnect their cisterns after the refinery sprayed more oil over homes, rendering area water unsafe to drink. New noxious odors began Wednesday around noon, a week after similar gases permeated the west end of St. Croix for […]

St. Croix Wants Answers From Limetree Bay Refinery, But Its Bigwigs Are Unseen, Mute

KINGSHILL — St. Croix residents are demanding answers from the Limetree Bay oil refinery, and from the officials regulating it, in the wake of a series of recent accidents that they worry have exposed them to toxic chemicals and endangered their health. Since restarting operations in February, Limetree Bay has experienced at least three accidents […]

Investigators Try To Snuff Out The Source Of St. Croix’s Gaseous Stench

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands government has so far failed to identify the cause of a persistent chemical stench on St. Croix, and the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that federal investigators have not yet begun air quality testing. “Recent air emission incidents at and near Limetree Bay are unacceptable,” EPA spokesman Elias Rodriguez said […]

Toxic Gas Forces St. Croix Schools To Close Today; DPNR Investigating Origin Point

FREDERIKSTED — Early dismissals were announced for three St. Croix District schools today due to a gaseous odor affecting the air quality on the campuses, Education officials said. Schools impacted included Eulalie R. Rivera K-8, Arthur A. Richards K-8, and the St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center, the Virgin Islands Department of Education said. […]

FEMA Gives $1.8M For DPNR Repairs To 2 St. Croix Libraries

FREDERIKSTED — The Office of Disaster Recovery announces the obligation of $1,813,143 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources to complete repairs and replace damaged contents at the Florence A. Williams Public Library in Christiansted and Athalie M. Petersen Public Library in Frederiksted. The […]