May 11, 1986
An April 16 Op-ed Page column, "Gas prices drop, so do gas stations," seriously misinterprets changes in gasoline marketing since 1972. Major oil companies are not trying to drive independent gasoline service stations out of business. Indeed, major refiners sell 81 percent of their motor gasoline through resellers such as independents, according to U.S. Department of Energy figures. Why would refiners want to drive their marketers and retailers out of business? The decline in the number of retail gasoline stations across the country has hit all retail operations, including company-operated outlets.
December 7, 1990 |
So Saddam Hussein promised to free all his Western hostages in Iraq. And oil prices yesterday fell to their cheapest levels since mid-August. Demand for oil and gas keeps plummeting as the United States veers into a recession. And the nation has been left with a healthy supply of gasoline. Alas, consumers probably will have a long wait before gas prices fall as much as they soared. At best, consumers can expect penny-a-gallon declines in coming weeks instead of the nickel and dime increases that have hit motorists in recent months.
February 5, 1987 |
In a short meeting, the Easttown Board of Supervisors Monday awarded a 1987 contract to Mack Oil Co. Inc. of Berwyn for gasoline products at what Melvin Boyd, board chairman, called "very attractive prices. " Mack Oil was the sole bidder. The approved prices were 56.4 cents per gallon for unleaded gasoline, 57.4 cents per gallon for leaded gas and 84 cents per gallon for diesel fuel. The prices do not include federal and state taxes, for which the township is reimbursed, according to township manager Gene Williams.
August 11, 1991 |
Five parties ordered by the state Department of Environmental Protection to clean up an abandoned gas station on Lakehurst Road in Pemberton Township reached a tentative agreement Wednesday on who will bear the costs of the initial operation. Monitoring wells and a pumping system to remove gasoline and kerosene from the ground water will be installed at the site near Lakehurst and Junction Roads, said James R. Duerbig, a DEP environmental specialist working on this project. "The immediate work we want done is the removal of actual gasoline in the ground water, and then a remediation plan will be devised for the rest of the cleanup," said Duerbig, who estimated the cost of the first year of cleanup to be about $100,000, to be shared by the five parties.
October 10, 1986 |
The break in the Sun company gasoline pipeline that paralyzed the King of Prussia area earlier this week was located at 12:05 a.m. today, according to Sun spokesman Dennis Byrne. "The break, at its largest point, is approximately one-eighth of an inch, and covers the area on the bottom half of the pipeline. If you were to look at it as a clock, it would be from the eight o'clock position to the four o'clock position," Byrne said. The discovery of the break had been delayed by a cave-in, a backhoe breakdown and concerns over explosive gasoline vapors, officials said yesterday.
May 3, 1987 |
Plymouth Fire Marshal Jack Fessler says he would like to stop residents from making the potentially deadly mistake of pouring gasoline into a kerosene heater. "The only way you can tell the difference between gasoline and kerosene is by odor," Fessler said. "Mr. Joe Suburban out there doesn't know the difference. " Bud Carlson, Cheltenham's assistant fire marshal, recalled that last winter, Cheltenham police had to use loudspeakers to warn residents that a local gasoline station had sold kerosene tainted with gasoline.
August 3, 1988 |
While the Northeast has labored under the worst blanket of smog in more than a decade, states from Maine to Pennsylvania are moving to curb the key source of the pollution - gasoline fumes, environmental officials said yesterday. The states are each seeking to adopt regulations requiring refineries to make less-volatile gasoline for use at gas pumps during peak pollution periods, from May 1 to Sept. 15 each year. The change will remove an estimated 250,000 tons of hydrocarbon pollution each year from the air in the Northeast, according to environmental officials.
August 17, 1991 |
In a rare accord between historic rivals, representatives of the oil industry and national environmental groups yesterday signed an agreement on a program to supply cleaner-burning gasoline to the smoggiest cities starting in 1995. The agreement spells out details required by the Clean Air Act of how oil refiners must reformulate gasoline so that the amount of smog-forming and toxic substances emitted through vehicle tailpipes is reduced by 15 percent. Motorists in the metropolitan areas where the gas must be used - Philadelphia is among them - can expect to pay up to 5 cents more per gallon by 1995, said William Rosenberg, the Environmental Protection Agency's assistant administrator for air. The terms of the agreement and the way it was forged by a range of nearly 30 traditionally warring interests give the deal an importance beyond gasoline.
April 10, 1986 |
An Ambler resident who mistakenly purchased gasoline for his kerosene heater escaped uninjured from his burning three-story home Friday evening after the gasoline ignited. Charles Sanders, 32, of the first block of North Street, told Ambler police that he purchased $4.78 of what he thought was kerosene at the 7-Eleven store at Butler and Bethlehem Pikes about 6:45 p.m. Friday. About a half hour later, Sanders poured the fluid into a kerosene heater that was operating in his second-floor bedroom.
August 3, 1992 |
When Delisa Randolph gases up her family's 1979 Cadillac, she value-shops, buying regular unleaded. But her husband isn't as cash-conscious, filling up with premium. "I use regular because it's cheaper," she said one afternoon at a Chevron station near Los Angeles. "My husband puts in premium unleaded because it's a Cadillac and he says premium makes it run better. " When it comes to buying gasoline, it seems that people are driven by whim, myths and perceptions about their car's performance.