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Community Impact Survey

Limetree Community Impact Survey

A recent Community Impact Survey found extensive environmental and health impacts from the troubled restart of the Limetree Bay Refinery (formerly HOVENSA). Many of these impacts have not been previously reported.

In response to community concerns, this 26 question survey gathered information from residents across St. Croix from June 17 to July 11. In three weeks, this survey generated 681 responses from 120 different neighborhoods on St. Croix. The data amassed by this survey offers a troubling window into the environmental disaster many on St. Croix have been living since January. 

Although impacts were felt in every neighborhood west and north of the Limetree refinery, impacts were particularly severe in predominantly low-income Black and Brown neighborhoods downwind of the refinery. 

PRESS RELEASE (July 14, 2021) >>

VIDEO OF PRESS CONFERENCE (July 14, 2021) >>

MAP OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >>

MAP OF HEALTH IMPACTS >>

SAMPLE SURVEY >>

DESCRIPTIONS OF IMPACTS >>
 

Previous Press Releases

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS >>

PRESS RELEASE (Response to Limetree closing: June 22, 2021) >>

PRESS RELEASE (Survey Launch: June 17, 2021) >>

PRESS CONFERENCE (June 17, 2021) >>

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Local News Coverage

St. Croix Source, "Survey Seeks Residents Input on Recent Limetree Emissions" (June 17, 2021)

VI Daily News, "St. Croix Residents Urged to Take Online Survey on Impact of Refinery Pollution" (June 18, 2021)

The Washington Post, "Controversial St. Croix refinery ceases operations given ‘extreme financial constraints’" (June 21, 2021)

The St. Thomas Source, "Survey Organizers say Early Data Shows Widespread Health Impacts from Limetree" (June 22, 2021)

The Mario Moorhead Show, “Interview with David Bond,” WSTX (June 23, 2021)

The Washington Post, "St. Croix refinery files for bankruptcy amid mounting complaints from residents" (July 14, 2021)

The St. Thomas Source, "Criminal Investigation into Limetree Called For" (July 14, 2021)