St. Croix Refinery Halts Operations After Raining Oil On Residents Again

"Limetree Bay, which received a key permit under Donald Trump, has had several accidents since starting operations on Feb. 1"

"A troubled refinery in St. Croix announced Wednesday evening it would temporarily halt operations after raining oil on local residents for the second time in just over three months.

Limetree Bay Refining, which showered a fine mist of oil over houses more than two miles away just three days after restarting operations on Feb. 1, spewed oil and sulfur dioxide into the air Wednesday afternoon. The accident triggered an islandwide alert from the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, which warned residents there was a “gaseous odor” and urged those with respiratory illnesses to stay inside.

The company acknowledged in a statement that Wednesday’s “incident resulted in a release of oil droplets which traveled directly west,” affecting the neighborhood of Enfield Green, an affluent, gated community, “as well as some industrial sites.”"

Juliet Eilperin reports for the Washington Post May 12, 2021.


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Source: Washington Post, 05/13/2021