August 2, 2013 |
Question: My husband and I are selling our home, and the buyer is requesting the removal of the oil tank in our basement. We switched to gas a few years ago. Do you have any advice for how we should go about having the tank removed? The oil was siphoned out when we switched to gas, but I don't know if it is 100 percent clean and dry. In other words, I don't know if it would be a big mess if we call a scrap metal guy to come cut it up. Answer: The solution is much easier than if the tank were one of those buried in the yard, because all sorts of environmental regulations kick in, and for good reason, since having fuel oil leaking into the groundwater is very bad. In your case, you should contact the nearest company that deals in removing basement tanks.
December 9, 2010
Clyde A. Mauger Jr., 100, of Chadds Ford, owner of a fuel-oil firm in Chester County, died Saturday, Dec. 4, at his home. Mr. Mauger grew up in Delaware County and graduated from Glen-Nor High School. He studied business at Pennsylvania State University before becoming a dispatcher for Butler Oil Corp. in Southwest Philadelphia. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force in North Africa and England. He was discharged as a captain and returned to Butler, eventually becoming a vice president.
June 7, 2010 |
Clyde A. Mauger III, 67, of Westtown, owner of a fuel oil firm in Chester County, died Monday, May 24, at Wilmington Hospital after suffering a heart attack. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Mauger graduated from Lansdowne-Aldan High School in 1961 and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at Bethany College in West Virginia in 1965. Mr. Mauger joined the family business, Mauger & Co., founded in 1964 as a fuel oil supplier. The company added a heating and cooling division known as Mauger Mechanical and then another division, Cedar Brook Lawn Care.
April 24, 2009 |
Question: Last year, you wrote about what to do about black marks on roofs. You said it was algae that built up from the product used in the shingles, and you gave a remedy for cleaning it off the shingles. Well, I cut your article out for a spring project and, yep, you guessed it, now that spring is here, I cannot find the article. I wonder if you can tell me again how I can remove the unsightly black marks from my roof easily. Answer: Fiberglass asphalt shingles these days have a limestone filler instead of the traditional rag filler, and the limestone promotes the growth of algae that shows up in horrible streaks on roof areas that don't get much sun. Have your roofer nail copper or zinc strips on the peaks above these areas, so rain running over the strips will kill the algae.
January 1, 2008 |
Nearly 60 million gallons of fuel move through Buckeye Partners L.P.'s pipelines every day, but the Breinigsville, Pa., company doesn't own a drop. Instead of buying and selling fuel, Buckeye, like other pipeline companies, is paid to transport, store and load other companies' inventory onto trucks for delivery. But its planned purchase of Farm & Home Oil Co., a fuel distributor and marketer in Telford, for $145.5 million will dramatically change the way Buckeye does business by making it the owner of some of the fuel that courses its 5,400 miles of pipelines.
April 22, 2006 |
As a prelude to Earth Day, the price of crude oil - one of the planet's most critical resources - set a record yesterday, closing at more than $75 a barrel. Benchmark prices for crude oil have more than tripled since 2002, ending - at least for now - an era when consumers didn't have to give much thought to filling up and driving wherever they pleased. Theresa Pandola, who has a 45-mile round-trip between her home in Marlton and her job at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in West Philadelphia, said she was having a hard time adjusting.
March 10, 2006 |
The U.S. trade deficit rose to a record $68.5 billion in January, a result of increasing oil prices and Americans' appetite for Chinese clothing, French wine, Japanese cars and other imports. The nation's deficit in goods and services trade followed December's $65.1 billion shortfall, yesterday's Commerce Department report showed. Analysts had expected a January deficit of $66.5 billion, a Bloomberg News survey showed. January's increase in imports exceeded a rise in exports.
August 19, 2005 |
Question: With the price of fuel oil at $2 per gallon and the likelihood of increases this winter, I am wondering at what point electric heat becomes more economical. I have a rancher that is less than 1,000 square feet. We have been discussing putting electric baseboard heaters into our most used rooms, to supplement the oil furnace we have. Anyone we mention this to has flashbacks to when electricity was so expensive, but most people are comparing it with the old $1-per-gallon oil. My electricity costs haven't gone up in years.
November 21, 2002 |
A little oil spill from a sunken tanker wasn't going to keep Manuel Toja from casting his fishing nets into the Atlantic just before dawn off Spain's Coast of Death. But two hours later, his trawler was swept up in "a huge raft of oil," the 29-year-old captain said yesterday. "The whole sea was covered in fuel. We were panic-stricken. " Toja's contaminated catch - 175 pounds of fish - had to be thrown away. His trawler, coated in black slime, was able to pull into port. His experience - a mix of bravado, hope and despair - summed up the mood among residents of Spain's northwestern coast the day after an oil-laden tanker sank 150 miles offshore.
November 20, 2002 |
A crippled tanker carrying 20 million gallons of fuel oil split and sank in 12,000 feet of seething Atlantic water yesterday, raising the specter of an environmental disaster. The stormy conditions that broke up the tanker Prestige 150 miles off Spain's northwestern coast, as well as the thickness of the fuel oil and the extreme pressure on the ocean floor, threaten the worst spill in more than a decade, said the U.S. government's top oil-spill response official. About one million gallons of oil spilled when the Prestige broke in two, spawning an oil slick of about 2,200 square miles - about twice the size of Rhode Island.