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  • #3563

    Charles Randall

    EPA upholds state air permit for Whiting refinery expansion

    AP Posted: June 25, 2008

    WHITING » The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the final state permit that BP needed to start work on the expansion of its oil refinery along Lake Michigan. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management last month granted BP an air emissions permit for the planned $3.8 billion expansion of the Whiting refinery. An attorney for environmental groups challenging the project says the EPA’s approval will not affect their appeals of the state-issued permit. They want requirements that BP install additional pollution control equipment.
    Marathon refinery plan to move forward

    By Rene Cizio, The News-Herald
    [size=-2]PUBLISHED: June 25, 2008
    DETROIT — After lengthy review and several community meetings, the Marathon refinery expansion project air quality permit has been granted. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday that air quality regulations will be met and a permit would be granted.
    Marathon officials are planning a $1.9 billion expansion of the refinery in southwest Detroit. With expected completion in late 2010, the project will increase the refinery’s total capacity from 102,000 to 115,000 barrels per day.
    Terms of the permit were altered after three public information sessions were held and the community, as well as environmental organizations, were given a chance to weigh in. The expansion project would allow the refinery to process heavy crude oil that comes from Canada’s tar sands, primarily in northern Alberta.
    Marathon needed an air-quality permit before construction could start. Marathon is the only oil refinery in Michigan; it has been in operation since 1930 and has about 300 employees.
    The refinery, near I-75, sits on approximately 200 acres between Fort Street and Oakwood Boulevard, at the city limits of Ecorse, River Rouge and Melvindale. Marathon spokeswoman Chris Fox said with the expansion, there should be about 130 more permanent jobs.
    Public opinion resulted in specific air permit conditions and commitments by Marathon to improve the environment in the area of the refinery. The permit is based on several requirements being met by Marathon. The DEQ said these provisions go beyond federal regulations and are not normally included in this type of permit.
    Marathon will install, operate and maintain at least four air-monitoring stations in and around the refinery. Data must be made available to the DEQ and the public.
    An enhanced street sweeping program for paved roads in the vicinity of the refinery will be initiated to reduce particulates. All current Detroit Public Schools buses without particulate matter emission controls will be retrofitted with them to reduce children’s exposure to diesel exhaust and air pollution.
    Particulate matter controls will be installed on the Marathon trucks that will be used to transport petroleum coke, a byproduct of the refining process, from the refinery. Marathon, in talks with Detroit officials, will fund a community improvement and/or developmental project such as a park, playground or community center.
    The refinery, in collaboration with Detroit and Wayne County, will use the local community alert system to distribute emergency information to the community.  Regular meetings between Marathon and the Detroit Refinery Community Advisory Panel will be held for communication and advice.
    Marathon has purchased about 80 tons per year of particulate matter emissions offsets for the area in and around the refinery and has donated those to the state to assure they will be permanently retired. “We’re going beyond compliance,” Fox said.
    In addition, another pipeline project in Huron Township, Flat Rock and six Monroe County townships will require hundreds of temporary construction jobs. Construction on the 29-mile segment of pipeline is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2009 with completion in 2010.  “We’re excited to begin construction, put Detroit residents to work and provide transportation fuels that are much needed,” Fox said.

  • #6760

    Charles Randall

    Here are couple updates on recent challenges / blocks to Coking Refinery expansion plans that have broken through the Environmental & EPA blocks recently – partly no doubt to better understanding of what a block these co-joined groups have done to inhibit progress of US oil industry, albeit after a lengthy progress and beyond steps / required additions as in case MAP’s Detroit monitor, purchased particulate offsets & coke dust.
    It isn’t big step getting Environmentalist to step off the oxygen supply tube for struggling US Refinery projects but it is in right direction. I think the last Congressional review Oil industry turned out to be less of a pillory & blame casting for the oil industry the liberals & Democrats had planned & more of an eye opening and call to action for what Wallstreet Speculators, Environmentalist, and Global competition from Government backed National Oil companies reserve competition has been doing to US companies!

  • #6532

    Charles Randall

    <Ouch! Under pressure from Environmentalist still trying block expansion Whiting – EPA is chasing Air Permit violations against BP.  The work on FCC was similar type work that spawned the NDRC new source bull-crap that treats debottlenecking & modifications as “new source” – Charlie comments>
    EPA: BP may have started Whiting expansion 3 years early
    Thursday, October 02, 2008

    INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has amended air pollution violation allegations it filed in November against the BP Whiting Refinery.

    The EPA issued a new release Thursday saying it now has information suggesting BP may have started a $3.8 billion expansion to process Canadian crude oil in 2005 – three years before the oil giant received a state construction permit.

    The dispute centers on February 2005 modifications BP made to a catalytic cracking unit, which is used to heat crude oil and alter its molecular structure.

    A BP spokesman in December described the improvements as “routine maintenance activity done to enhance reliability.” But the EPA called the changes a major modification to an air pollution source and told the company it should have obtained a permit before beginning the work.

    The Indiana Department of Environmental Management issued a construction permit for the Whiting expansion in May. A BP spokesman was not immediately available for comment Thursday afternoon.

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