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Biden’s EPA Holds Up Major Oil Refinery Amid National Fuel Crisis

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Thursday’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that a large, idled refinery in U.S. Virgin Islands would remain closed until it receives a Clean Air Act permit. The move comes amid a national diesel shortage.

The St. Croix refinery, owned by West Indies Petroleum Limited and Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation, LLLC, has been shut down since June 2021 and will have to obtain a Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit which would require the operators to provide detailed air quality analyses and use sophisticated air pollution control technology, according to the EPA press release. At the same time, the U.S. only has 26 days of diesel remaining in its commercial inventories and a gallon of diesel is roughly $1.58 more expensive than it was in November 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). (RELATED: The Country Is In The Middle Of A Diesel Crisis — And The Biden Admin Is Making It Worse, Experts Say)

Bloomberg says that once the refinery could produce 600,000 barrels per day of crude oil into gasoline and heating oil. The cost of heating oil…



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