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News Journal: Delaware City refinery rail, barge permits under fire

Delaware officials are reviewing their decision to allow the Delaware City Refinery to build a massive crude-by-rail yard outside its Coastal Zone boundary, and have agreed to pay an expert private lawyer $325 an hour toassist the state as threats of permit challenges loom.

Collin O’Mara, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control secretary, ruled last month that the state’s Coastal Zone Act didn’t apply to crude-oil barge loading docks along the Delaware River.

The conservation law, passed 1972, banned new heavy industries and changes to existing plants and other sites within a 275,000-acre area bordering the state’s part of the Delaware River and Bay and Atlantic Coast.