Green Delaware News #25
University of Delaware backs down
Port Penn, DE. December 16, 1998. The end of 1998 approaches. This is always a good time to reflect on what we have done and what we should work on in the future. On the plus side we can point to two great successes in blocking the construction of garbage incinerators in Delaware and in Pennsville, NJ. Green Delaware members and the many people from other organizations who worked on this can take pride: the health and well being of thousands of people were protected.
The list of challenges is far longer, we'll be writing about some of these in more detail over the next few weeks. To mention a few: Worsening Delaware media blackouts of Green Delaware and other independent organizations; schemes to build incinerators to burn wood waste and chicken manure; plans by Motiva refinery (Shell, Texaco, and Saudi-Aramco) to dump 140 thousand tons of waste into disadvantaged communities near Wilmington; continued burning of Delaware garbage in the very oppressed city of Chester, PA; plans for deepening the Delaware River; threats of many sorts from the very dangerous Salem nuclear plants; continued dumping of raw sewage by the City of Wilmington; lack of recycling in Delaware; and runaway sprawl development throughout Delaware. Green Delaware can't hope to influence all these concerns; organizations must FOCUS limited resources effectively if they are to accomplish much. Green Delaware will continue to focus on the Wilmington sewage crisis, and will be involved in recycling, incineration, and Salem nuke concerns. We'll fight the proposed dumping by Motiva. We hope to find ways to speak out effectively about the need to curtain "development" and seek sustainable prosperity for the region.
University of Delaware admits error, drops charges
The Univ. of Del. wrote us an inadequate letter of apology ten days after arresting Green Delaware coordinator Alan Muller on October 31st. (The "crime:" opposing sewage dumping by the City of Wilmington, DE). After the arrest we asked our friends and supporters to contact the University. Thanks to the many who did so. This undoubtedly caused the University to back down. We got some support from the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware. Special thanks to Susan Regis Collins, Chair of the Wilmington. River-City Committee, who wrote to David Roselle, President of the University of Delaware: "shame on a university that casts long, dark shadows on our basic rights as Americans." Special thanks also to long-time activist Victor Sadot, and to the many others who wrote, faxed, or emailed Roselle. No other organizations in Delaware offered any public support. (It's possible, of course, that things were said behind the scenes.) The Sierra Club was silent. Audubon was silent. The League of Women Voters was silent. Common Cause was silent. And so on. Hey folks, how about following our example and showing a bit of backbone? We are considering further legal action against the University.
LOBOTOMEDIA -- blackout per usual: The Gannett "Stooge Journal" blacked out the arrest-two reporters called for info, but presumably were not allowed to write about it--, as did WDEL and WILM, the two main news radio outlets in Northern Delaware. National Public Radio station WHYY (Philadelphia), and WHYY-TV (Channel 12, Wilmington) were silent. On the other hand, reporter Bruce Schimmel of National Public Radio station WSCL in Salisbury MD produced a sensitive story.
The campus of the brown nose?? The editors of the student run newspaper at the University of Delaware declined to print the following letter:
Apparently these young "journalists" are already fully qualified to be editors at the Stooge Journal. Send any thoughts to Ryan Cormier, Executive Editor of the Review: RCORMIER@UDEL.EDU
Environmental racism in Delaware,
Motiva refinery is Delaware's worst environmental offender, putting out about 450 thousand pounds per day of health-threatening air pollutants, and having a permit to dump 38 thousand pounds per day of oil and grease into the Delaware River. Motiva has received more than three hundred million dollars of tax exempt "revenue bonds" to build a new power plant, now under construction. Now, a Motiva contractor wants to pile 140 thousand tons of hazardous "petroleum coke" waste near a cluster of low income, mostly African-American communities just South of Wilmington Delaware. The "pet coke" is a fine, abrasive, wind-blown powder containing cancer-causing materials such as nickel and "PAHs." Shell and Texaco are among the world's most notorious practitioners of "environmental racism." Green Delaware opposed this project at a recent public hearing, has discussed possible alternatives with Motiva officials, and has visited the refinery to see how coke is handled on-site. (We were received courteously.)
Stand by for a "Green Delaware Alert" with more information. This, we think, must be stopped.
Look for upcoming Green Delaware News. (C) Alan Muller
Let us know what you think.
Email us at
Alan J. Muller, Coordinator
P.O. Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731
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