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Delaware Oil Refinery Seeks Taxpayer Aid Against Sea Level Rise

The Delaware City Refining Company, a division of PBG Energy, is asking taxpayers to help it adapt to “tidal encroachment” (a.k.a. sea level rise) after more than 50 years of pumping carbon pollution into the atmosphere. “The extent of the shoreline erosion has reached a point where facility infrastructure is at risk,” states the company’s permit application under the Coastal Zone Management Act. “The refinery is on the waterfront, and rising tides and extreme storms could threaten it,” Adler reports, citing the Sierra Club blog. The company’s adaptation plan “could direct more storm surges toward Delaware City, the adjacent town.”

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